Bismarck police investigating 2nd fatal shooting in 2 weeks

Bismarck police found a man dead from a gunshot wound in a car near Kirkwood Mall.

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BISMARCK — Bismarck police are investigating the city’s second fatal shooting in two weeks.

Officers responded to a report of a deceased man at 11:34 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in an apartment parking lot in the 200 block of East Arbor Avenue, just west of Kirkwood Mall, police said.

Officers found 39-year-old Christopher Sebastian, of Bismarck, with a gunshot wound in a car, police said.

The shooter had not been taken into custody as of Wednesday morning, said Lt. Luke Gardiner of the Bismarck Police Department. No suspect has been named in the case.

The department is following up on leads, and the investigation remains ongoing, he said.


The shooting comes 12 days after a shooting near another Bismarck shopping center.

In that case, police said a 16-year-old fatally shot 28-year-old Maurice Thunder Shield on Sept. 23 at the Motel 6, 2433 State St., just southeast of the Gateway Mall. The 16-year-old was taken into custody the next day in Warren, Minnesota.

Authorities have not named the teen, but he faces a murder charge. His case may be moved to adult court.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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