The Nebraska State Patrol, with assistance from the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating a shooting in Rushville, which led to the arrest of a South Dakota man Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, at approximately 5:25 p.m. MT, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol in response to a shooting at the Rushville Sale Barn. The incident occurred following an argument between two people. After preliminary investigation, investigators believe that following the verbal altercation, the suspect, identified as Gilbert Grooms, 44, of Oglala, South Dakota, retrieved a shotgun from his vehicle. He then fired in the direction of the victim, identified as Charles Winters, 35, of Martin, South Dakota.
Winters then retreated to his vehicle. Grooms fired at the vehicle multiple times, leading to the victim fleeing around a trailer. Grooms then fired again, striking Winters in the midsection. Winters was flown to Regional West Hospital in Scottsbluff with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Grooms was arrested by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and was lodged in Sheridan County Jail for attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony, and terroristic threats. The investigation remains ongoing.