A man was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest in a western Sioux Falls neighborhood Wednesday night, police said.
Police were called around 11:43 p.m. to the 6500 block of W. Pine Meadows Place for a report of a person laying in the street. When authorities arrived, they found Mitchell James Houchins, 27, Lt. Terrance Matia said. He was pronounced dead at a Sioux Falls hospital.
Authorities have not released any details on potential suspects, but Matia said police are certain it’s a homicide and not a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police knocked on doors throughout the neighborhood Thursday to talk with potential witnesses.
The suspect is believed to be someone known to Houchins, Matia said.
“Not a close relationship, but a relationship that they would communicate on a regular basis,” Matia.
Matia said Houchins was shot at about 11:15 p.m. No weapons have been recovered, he said.
As of Thursday afternoon, the neighborhood was quiet and a pool of blood was visible on the snow in the roadway near the intersection of Pine Meadows Place and Sandalwood Place where Houchins was found.
Matia said there is video evidence from nearby residences, and that it shows cars driving by Houchins’ body for 25 minutes before police were called.
“One individual walked by him and asked someone if they wanted to see a dead body. That person, thankfully, called police so we could respond out there,” Matia said. “We are not the size metropolitan city that people can’t call someone laying in the street. … We were unable to get him medical attention because it was delayed significantly because of that.
“It’s a vey densely populated area, and we didn’t get a call at all. That’s a concern.”