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Police arrested a man in connection to a shooting Monday in southeast Mandan.

A 37-year-old man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and remained in the hospital as of Friday, according to Mandan police.

On Thursday, police arrested Ryan James Azure, 25, of Mandan, in connection to the shooting.

According to a police affidavit, officers responded to the area of 218 10th Ave. S.E. at about 9:11 p.m. Monday for a report of a man who was shot, according to a police affidavit.

The man told an officer almost immediately that Azure "did it" and gave the location for what was later determined to be Azure’s mobile home at 909 Third St. S.E. 

The man told police he went to Azure's residence with a woman, who went inside and later texted the man telling him that Azure would not let her leave. He went up to door of the mobile home and pounded on it, asking Azure to come outside and "fight like a man" while swinging a hammer.

The man told police he was beating the windshield on a car when the door of the mobile home opened and the woman came running out. He said he then saw Azure with a rifle at the door, and, when he looked up, Azure shot him.

Police attempted to stop Azure to question him during a traffic stop on Thursday when Azure fled police. He drove away, reportedly traveling at speeds of 75 to 90 mph near East Main Street in Mandan.

Azure attempted to brake and then crashed into a curb on Second Street Northwest and First Avenue Northwest. He was arrested a short time later after fleeing on foot.

Police found a white crystal-like substance on Azure, which he allegedly told police was meth, as well as pills and clear baggies with a green and crystalline substances inside his vehicle.

Azure had his initial appearance on Friday, where South Central District Judge James Hill set his bond at $75,000.

Open shooting investigations

Two other shootings in Mandan remain under investigation.

Mandan police continue to investigate a shooting that took place on Dec. 8 on the 1000 block of First Street Northwest. A 32-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to a hospital by private citizens. Haug said the case is still active.

Also, a shooting death that occurred in November 2016 is still under investigation. Kevin White, 34, was fatally shot at a party at 2010 46th Ave. S.E. in Mandan around on Nov. 26. Three men accused in the shooting had their charges dismissed.

Haug said the case is still active and individuals are still being interviewed. Police also are attempting to locate a couple of people who left the state during the investigation, he said.

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