NEW: Watertown police investigating shooting that injures teenage girl

October 30, 2023

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown police were called out just after 8 p.m. Sunday on a report of a teenage girl who’d been shot.

The call was to Burger King on Highway 212, although that is not where the shooting occurred.

Sergeant Ryan Fischer says when officers got there, they found a 17 year-old girl who’d been shot in the foot. Police determined the shooting had taken place earlier at an apartment where three people had been drinking.

While consuming alcohol, they started handling a loaded pistol, and at one point, a 16 year-old boy inadvertently shot the girl.

Police executed a search warrant at the apartment, and then arrested the 16 year-old on charges of Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Possession of a Pistol by a Minor, Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Simple Assault, DUI, and Underage Possession of Alcohol.

The girl was taken to Prairie Lakes Hospital where she was treated and released.

The address of the apartment was not released by police, nor were the names of the individuals involved.