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Fatal shooting in Heights

The Billings Police Department responds to a reported shooting in a mobile home park in the Billings Heights that left one teen dead on Saturday night. 

The 15-year-old girl killed Saturday night by a single gunshot wound was identified Tuesday morning by the Yellowstone County Coroner's Office as Tionna Rowland of Billings. 

The Billings Police Department has continued investigating Rowland's death after she was fatally shot at around 7:30 p.m. at an address on Stella Street, a part of the Cherry Creek Estates mobile home park in the Heights.

"The investigation is ongoing, and there have been no charges or arrests made," BPD Lt. Brandon Wooley said in an email to The Gazette early Monday evening, in which he referred to Rowland's death as a tragedy. "There is still more to be done before we can come to conclusions regarding the nature of death." 

In a press release sent out on Tuesday afternoon Wooley said no further details could be released due to "the on-going nature of the investigation and the involvement of juveniles." 

Saturday night, BPD Sgt. Nate West had said there was no current threat to public safety and that detectives were on scene. No other injuries were reported, he said.

Rowland was a freshman at Skyview High School. School District 2 Superintendent Greg Upham said the district had activated its crisis team of counselors to provide support to Skyview, Medicine Crow Middle School and if needed, Beartooth Elementary. 

Upham said the crisis team is made up of counselors at other SD2 locations who can mobilize to deal with tragedies affecting students. Bringing the crisis team to a school allows counselors already in place to continue their normal work duties, while the crisis team handles additional students' needs as the circumstances may warrant.

"We strive in tragedies obviously to support our students, staff and any adults that need help," Upham said. "But at the same time we want to keep our operations as normal as possible just for the stability of all students." 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.