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Williston gunshot victim identified

Kenneth J. Moore Jr.

WILLISTON -- A Boise, Idaho, man who had been living in Williston for six months was recovering Friday from multiple gunshot wounds in Minot's Trinity Hospital.

Williston police identified the man shot early Thursday near a Williston apartment building as Kenneth John Moore Jr., 26.

No arrests have been made, but police say this is an isolated incident and they don't believe the public is in danger, said Det. Cory Collings.

Police received a report of a medical assist at 1:10 a.m. Thursday in the area of 900 E. Highland Drive, which is near Williston State College.

The shooting occurred when Moore and a male acquaintance were sitting in a car outside the building, Collings said. The acquaintance was not hurt and he did not see the shooter, Collings said. Moore was on the passenger side and was halfway out of the car when responders arrived, Collings said.

The vehicle is registered to a female acquaintance of Moore who was at a local bar waiting to be picked up, Collings said.

Investigators are following up on multiple leads and are getting assistance from other area agencies, including the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Northwest Narcotics Task Force and the Williams County Sheriff's Office.

Moore's condition was not available.

Williams County Jail records indicate Moore was in the Williston jail on a theft of property charge in December and was in detox in late April, released on May 1.

Idaho court records show Moore pleaded guilty to assault last fall and was sentenced in November to two years of supervised probation. The case was initially charged as a robbery and amended to assault. A warrant was issued for Moore's arrest in January for failing to comply with a court order, court records show.

Dalrymple is a Forum Communications reporter stationed in the Oil Patch.