A 30-year-old Walmart employee died after she was stabbed in the store?s parking lot Thursday afternoon.
A suspect in the stabbing was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds, according to Capt. Karl Jegeris of the Rapid City Police Department.
Police were called to Walmart at 1200 N. La Crosse St. at 3:18 p.m. Thursday.
?We received a report of a female being stabbed several times,? Jegeris said. ?An officer arrived almost immediately.?
A man holding a knife still was at the scene when officers pulled in, Jegeris said.
Police and a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper chased the suspect north through the parking lots of the Comfort Inn and Millstone Family Restaurant to the Days Inn at 1570 N. La Crosse St.
The suspect locked himself in a public restroom in the motel?s pool area, which faces La Crosse Street.
Using a key provided by a motel employee, officers said they opened the door to find the suspect had stabbed himself.
The suspect initially was treated inside the Days Inn before being transported to the hospital. He appeared conscious when he was taken from the pool area on a gurney.
Emergency medical personnel treated the victim at the scene before she was taken by ambulance to Rapid City Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Investigators remained on the scene into the early evening collecting evidence. The contents of a woman?s bright red bag lay scattered next to a drying pool of blood behind a minivan in the Walmart parking lot.
The minivan was parked east of Pirate?s Cove Adventure Golf on La Crosse Street, in a smaller corner of the Walmart parking lot adjacent to the store?s north entrance.
Ashley Hardie, a corporate spokesperson for Wal-Mart, said the local store is cooperating with the police investigation. Store personnel are working with police to provide surveillance videos and any other information to help with the investigation, she said.
The victim had worked for Walmart full-time for about seven years, Hardie said.
?This is a tragic situation,? Hardie said. ?Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and her loved ones.?
By Thursday evening, counselors were already on their way to the store, Hardie said. They will remain available for the store?s associates for as long as they are needed to speak with employees. The store remained open while police investigated the slaying.
?We want to make sure that our associates have time to grieve,? Hardie said.
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