Billings man injured during drive-by shooting in front of Senior High

2014-03-22T19:50:00Z 2014-03-28T15:40:08Z Billings man injured during drive-by shooting in front of Senior HighBy NICK BALATSOS nbalatsos@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A drive-by shooting in front of Billings Senior High School sent a 20-year-old Billings man to the hospital Saturday after he was shot in the foot, according to Billings Police Department Sgt. Riley Finnegan.

The victim suffered two broken bones in his foot as a result of the shooting and was transported to Billings Clinic where he underwent surgery, Sgt. Clyde Reid said.

He added that the injury isn’t considered life-threatening and that the victim seemed to be in good spirits at the hospital.

The victim was walking west on Grand Avenue when a white or silver car traveling west drove past him, according to a news release. A male leaned out from the rear passenger side window and fired several shots at him.

He then ran across the street to the area around 414 Grand Ave. for assistance. The man saw four people in the vehicle, Finnegan said.

The victim identified the shooter as wearing a blue sweatshirt, according to the release. The other three appeared to be wearing black.

Cameron Scott was painting the interior of a shop across from the school when he heard the shots.

“We were standing here painting, and I heard tat-tat-tat,” Scott said. “It sounded like a pistol.”

He said he looked out the window but didn’t see anything, so he shrugged it off, thinking maybe it was something else. But when he saw the police cars, it clicked, he said.

Casey Carpenter said he also heard the shots. Carpenter was working at Mcfiny’s Convenience Store at 446 Grand Ave. when he said he heard at least five shots. He said he looked out the window and saw a man running away from a car.

Police arrived on the scene at about 6 p.m. after receiving reports of a shooting on the 400 block of Grand Avenue.

Six police officers responded to the scene. A police officer was seen picking up a shoe from an alley near 414 Grand Ave. and putting it in the trunk of his vehicle. The shoe belonged to the victim, Finnegan said. Other officers were seen searching the perimeter of the school.

The shooter’s vehicle was last seen traveling north on Virginia Lane.

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