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Suspect in custody after Sioux Falls triple homicide

Sioux Falls Police motorcycle
Sioux Falls Police Department
Sioux Falls Police motorcycle

A man is facing three first-degree murder charges after a triple homicide in Sioux Falls.

Police say 30-year-old Justin Rackley shot and killed three people at a home on the southwest side of the city early Saturday morning.

Two other people were injured and are being treated at a hospital.

Police said the victims were together for a bonfire when shots were fired.

Officers found a handgun at the scene.

Police said Rackley and the victims were “new acquaintances,” however a motive in the shooting has not been released.

Aaron Nyberg is a lieutenant for the Sioux Falls Police Department. He said the city has not seen a case like this in a long time.

“The last time Sioux Falls had a homicide that involved three or more victims was 1973, where a family was found deceased in their home with what appeared to be four victims,” Nyberg said.

Ryan is the local host of "Morning Edition". Originally from Iowa, he first came to the Black Hills to study at SD Mines. After graduating in 2019, he was an educator in Arizona and North Dakota before returning to the Black Hills.