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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.

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Investigators collect evidence at 11th Street North and Loy Avenue in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where a shooting took place Monday night, Jan. 16, 2023.
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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.

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Authorities in Wahpeton, North Dakota, were investigating a homicide Monday evening, Jan. 16, 2023. A car with several bullet holes came to a stop near Wahpeton High School. The driver was taken to a hospital where he died.
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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.

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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.

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Investigators document an apparent bullet hole in a house near where a shooting happened Monday night, Jan. 16, 2023, in Wahpeton, North Dakota.
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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.

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"It was determined to be an isolated incident," police said of the shooting, "and the shelter-in-place was lifted."

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Law enforcement officers keep watch at a crime scene after a fatal shooting in Wahpeton, North Dakota, on Monday night, Jan. 16, 2023.
Matt Henson/WDAY

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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