Driver found shot outside Wahpeton High School; homicide investigators seek public's help
The victim was found in a car and he had been shot several times.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Police in Wahpeton are investigating a homicide that left a 40-year-old man dead Monday night, Jan. 16.
Emergency workers received a report of shots fired at 7:11 p.m. Monday. The shooting happened at 11th Street North and Loy Avenue near the Stern Sports Arena.
A car with several bullet holes came to a stop a couple blocks away, outside Wahpeton High School across from the arena.
The driver of the car was brought to the hospital where he died. Police identified him as Jeremiah Jeffrey Medenwald, 40, of Hankinson.
Investigators are asking anyone with knowledge of Medenwald's whereabouts before 7:11 p.m. to call the Wahpeton Police Department at 701-642-7722 and ask to speak with Sgt. Teberg.
Investigators also asked residents in that neighborhood to check the video from their home security cameras and report anything suspicious.
A person with knowledge of the investigation told WDAY the victim was shot multiple times. Investigators also found a bullet hole in a house at the intersection.
A motive for the shooting has not been released.
The shooter, who remains at large, is described as a 6-foot-2 man in jeans with a black hoodie and black mask. Police said there is no threat to the general public.
The shooting led police to lock down the arena and high school where hockey and wrestling practices were being held.
"Once the scene was contained, Officers escorted students and families to their vehicles," Wahpeton police said in a statement.
A shelter-in-place order also affected Circle of Nations school and North Dakota State College of Science campus. The NDSCS campus was in lockdown for more than two hours.
"It was determined to be an isolated incident," police said of the shooting, "and the shelter-in-place was lifted."