Man injured in Lockwood shooting; authorities seek suspect

2013-01-29T07:30:00Z 2013-04-23T16:22:45Z Man injured in Lockwood shooting; authorities seek suspectBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Two vehicles have been impounded as Yellowstone County sheriff's deputies and detectives investigate a shooting in Lockwood on Tuesday morning that injured one man.

Sheriff's Capt. Bill Michaelis said that the man was shot at least once and that authorities continue to search for the shooter.

Few details about the incident, including what led to the shooting, were available Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff Mike Linder said authorities identified a person of interest and spent the day actively searching for that person.

"Unless we actually make contact with this guy that we’re looking for, I’m not sure there’ll be much more to tell today," he said. "We are looking for a vehicle and a subject at this point in the investigation."

Linder said deputies were called to a Billings hospital early Tuesday after a man was admitted with at least one gunshot wound.

"He was already at the hospital when we got the call," he said. "We don't know the extent of the injuries are right now."

While his condition wasn't available throughout the day, the man did manage to provide an account of what happened.

"The detectives have had a chance to speak to the victim," Linder said. "He’s been interviewed but we’re still piecing things together."

Michaelis said at 7:30 a.m. it was unclear what led to the shooting. Linder said that detectives worked on the investigation throughout the day.

"We have our detectives, about a half-dozen people, working on it," he said.

Deputies were called to a Billings hospital at 4:37 a.m. on the reported shooting.

Detectives went to the shooting scene, 1270 Lockwood Road, and the sheriff's office's crime scene van arrived at about 7 a.m. to assist.

Yellow crime scene tape, strung by deputies, hung across the entrances to the back parking lot at CC Insulation, 1300 Lockwood Road, and an adjacent parking area near businesses at 1270 Lockwood Road.

A short time later, investigators placed a dozen evidence markers on the ground next to what appeared to be shell casings in the parking lot, and they remained there until at least 3 p.m.

Jon Sherner, who owns and operates CC Insulation and Urethane, spent the morning waiting to begin work because he and his employees couldn't get to equipment in the back lot while detectives worked the crime scene.

Sherner said he gave surveillance footage from his business to the investigators, but declined to detail much of what the tapes included because he didn't want to interfere with the investigation.

"It does show a car pulling in and pulling out," he said. It wasn't clear if the sheriff's office thinks that vehicle is connected to the shooting.

Gunfire struck at least one nearby business, Linder said.

As of 10 p.m., the suspect had not been apprehended.

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