Lodge Grass shooting

Crime scene tape surrounds a property at Helen Street and Second Avenue in Lodge Grass Saturday. A shooting there Friday left three people dead and two injured. 

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

The Big Horn County coroner has released the names of three Lodge Grass residents who died after a Friday shooting the Crow tribal chairman said was "related to methamphetamine and gang-related activity."

Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27, and Nehemiah Brokenrope, 30, died Friday evening at the Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital in Crow Agency, county coroner Terry Bullis said.

Leslie Frank Nomee's wife, Denise Stewart Nomee, 25, was pronounced dead early Saturday morning after she was transferred to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

All three victims died from gunshot wounds, Bullis said Sunday, and their manners of death are listed as homicides.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are investigating the shooting, which also injured two other people. The BIA offices in Crow Agency and Billings declined to provide details on the investigation Sunday, and a spokesman for the FBI did not return phone calls.

The shooting took place at a home in Lodge Grass at around 4 p.m. No arrests had been made as of Saturday, according to an FBI press release issued that day.

"The investigation, though ongoing, has already determined that the incident was related to methamphetamine and gang-related activity," Crow Tribal Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid Jr. said in a media briefing Saturday night in front of the scene of the shooting.



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