UPDATE – 9/19, 11:30 A.M.

WATFORD CITY, ND (KXNET) — Watford City Police have arrested a 30-year-old man from Oklahoma after an investigation regarding the shooting incident on Sunday.

According to Watford City Police, the man was asked to leave a party in the parking lot of the Inn at Hunters Run Hotel where he was trying to steal alcohol.

After leaving the party, the man returned a short time later with a handgun. Where he allegedly shot six rounds from a handgun towards the group of individuals at the party, with one victim being hit twice and taken to the hospital.

The victim has been reported to be in stable condition.

The Watford City Police Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for the suspect. Utilizing canines and aerial surveillance operations.

After following up on numerous leads from the community, the man was located Monday morning at 3:00 a.m. at an apartment complex not far from the crime scene. The man was then taken into custody and officers were able to locate the handgun used in the shooting earlier in the evening based on a tip from a local citizen.

The man, who is a prior felon, has been charged with the following:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Eight Counts of Reckless Endangerment with Extreme Indifference
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Discharge of a Firearm within City Limits

Officers believe this to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. Watford City Police say the incident is not connected to the shooting that occurred earlier this week.

ORIGINAL STORY – 9/18, 9:05 P.M.

WATFORD CITY, ND (KXNET) — On September 17, at around 11:00 P.M., the Watford City Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls of gunfire at the Inn at Hunters Run hotel on 6th Ave NE in Watford City.
The Watford City Police Department is currently following up on leads to positively identify the shooter and those involved in the situation. More information will be released in the near future.

The victim was transported to a Bismarck hospital due to his injuries and is in stable condition.
If you have any information in regards to this investigation please contact the Watford City Police Department at 701-444-2400.

Officers believe this to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. Watford City Police say the incident is not connected to the shooting that occurred earlier this week.