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Spike in Billings shootings and stabbings started with April homicide

Spike in Billings shootings and stabbings started with April homicide

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As of July 1, deliberate homicide charges in Billings have almost doubled over last year, according to data from the 2019 BPD Annual Report. 

April

May

June

July

  • July 6: A 21-year-old Billings man died after being shot while in the Billings Heights, according to the Billings Police Department. The alleged shooter, a 52-year-old man from Billings, was interviewed and released, BPD Lt. Brandon Wooley said in a press release issued Tuesday morning.

  • July 11: Two women were hospitalized after being stabbed during an altercation on the Rims. A 25-year-old woman was identified and later arrested, according the Billings police Sgt. Ben Milam.
  • July 22: Two men apparently forced their way into a Rodeway Inn room and struggled with a man in the room. At some point during the incident a gun fired. Two men left the area after. The victim was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand.

August

  • Aug. 5: Police responded to reports of shots fired between an SUV and a resident of a home on the 1100 block of Custer Avenue around 5 p.m. No one was injured in the shooting, and Paul Underwood, 26, "peacefully surrendered" to police after several minutes. No other arrests had been made. The shooting did not appear to be a "random act of violence," police said; it is likely the shooters knew each other. 
  • Aug. 6-7: A 60-year-old Yellowstone County man saw two men trying to steal an ATV ramp from his vehicle and chased after them. During the pursuit, a man in the passenger seat apparently shot at the 60-year-old man, leaving him with an injury that wasn't life-threatening. It's possible the two men then split up, as one may have stolen a white pickup. The blue pickup suspected in the ATV theft was then found abandoned in a backyard of a Heights home, spurring a manhunt in the Alkali Creek area. Residents of the neighborhood were encouraged to lock their doors and shelter in place for several hours until police called off the hunt, unsuccessful in the search. Later that evening a man who was considered a person of interest in the case was arrested near the search area on a probation violation. The white pickup had not been found, and at least one suspect remained at large. On Aug. 7, police asked the public for help finding Brian Prettyweasel, 32, who is also suspected in the case. Prettyweasel is also a suspect in another car theft and shooting in Big Horn County early Aug. 7, according to the sheriff's office. 
  • Aug. 7: A shooting around 2:30 p.m. in front of a Lockwood home sent one man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. A man who lives on the 1000 block of Noblewood Drive was in custody after the shooting, and deputies continued to investigate. As of Aug. 9 no arrests had been made and the shooting remained under investigation, according to Sheriff Mike Linder.
  • Aug. 8: A 25-year-old Billings resident, Christian Skylar Henning, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the West End Dairy Queen around 1 p.m. He died of multiple gunshot wounds. That same day, police arrested a suspect, Rahim Lee Calloway, who called police to turn himself in. Police and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office made the arrest on the 3000 block of Boulder Avenue. Police were told that Henning and Calloway had been feuding over Facebook about a "music recording altercation," but that things seemed to have settled down before Henning went to meet Calloway at the fast food restaurant. Henning was shot multiple times and found dead in his vehicle. 
  • Aug. 15: A 37-year-old woman and a dog were injured in a shooting on the 800 block of Wyoming Avenue around 1 a.m.
  • Aug. 15: A house party at the corner of 15th Street West and Crawford Drive ended with an exchange of gunfire. An argument between two groups at the party led to two people firing at one another. There were no injuries, and no arrests were made that day. Billings police were searching for one suspect, though there appeared to be no immediate threat to the public. 

September

  • Sept. 6: Adrian Brian Goodbear, 26, was found dead in his car behind the Rodeway Inn, 1315 N. 27th Street. The coroner said he bled to death there from a wound to his arm. He had apparently driven himself there after an alleged altercation with 26-year-old Adriano Fowler, who was charged with deliberate homicide.
  • Sept. 21: In the Heights a 43-year-old man was shot to death early in the morning following what police described as an argument in the backyard of a home. Police questioned the shooter, but on the morning of the incident made no arrest. The shooting was the 11th homicide of the year.
  • Oct. 4: A 32-year-old  Billings man was fatally shot in the head after arguing with his neighbor. Police initially said the man killed had been walking his dog on the other man's property before the argument began. Police recovered two handguns at the scene. One belonged to the shooter. The other to the man killed. Police said in a subsequent press release that initial information suggested a physical altercation between the two men before the shooting. As of Oct. 6 the investigation was ongoing but no arrests had been made. Police had detained, questioned and released the shooter, who was described as a 30-year-old Billings resident.
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