- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a Box Elder man who died in a Rapid City shooting that left another man critically injured, and released more details of the incident that’s believed to have been fueled by illegal drugs.

Anthony Valandra, 42, shot another man inside an apartment Monday night with a semi-automatic pistol. A private security guard outside the building shot him in the leg then Valendra shot himself in the head, police said.

Valandra died at a hospital from the head wound, and his death has been ruled a suicide. The man police say he shot was hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities did not immediately identify him.

Police said security guard Trevor Lockrem, 34, of Rapid City, acted in self-defense after Valandra fired multiple times at him and a bystander but missed.

“We’ve got bullets flying all over the place in this case,” Capt. James Johns said. “We are extremely thankful no one else in this densely populated complex was hurt as a result of this very dangerous incident.”



Lockrem declined comment to the Rapid City Journal.

Police said they found items in the apartment related to methamphetamine, and that both Valandra and the shooting victim have a criminal history involving drugs.

“Once again, the drug underworld has put our neighborhoods and our families at risk of significant violence,” Johns said.

Apartment complex resident Bernadine Red Bear told the Journal that she wasn’t really surprised by the incident.

“It could happen anywhere, the world we live in today,” she said.

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