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Senior High student killed after throwing pebbles at friend's window

Senior High student killed after throwing pebbles at friend's window

A preliminary investigation determined an early morning shooting Sunday that left a 15-year-old dead was accidental.

Mackeon Schulte died after he was shot in the head with a revolver at a house on Alderson Avenue, said Capt. John Bedford of Billings Police Department.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident. Investigators are meeting with the county attorney’s office to determine how to proceed. Schulte’s family will also meet with officials before a decision is made on whether charges will be filed, Bedford said.

“It’s a tragedy,” he said. “We have to investigate at this point for what it is, but it’s a tragedy all around.”

Investigators said the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday after Schulte and a friend he was spending the night with showed up at their friend’s house on Alderson Avenue, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said in a press release.

According to the press release, the two boys knocked on their friend’s window and threw pebbles in an attempt to wake him up. The sleeping boy was startled by the noise and didn’t know who was outside. He grabbed a gun he had in his room and fired through the window. The gunshot struck Schulte in the head but did not injure his companion.

The investigation is ongoing. Only the victim’s name is being released because the other boys involved are juveniles and no arrests have been made, according to the release.

Schulte was a sophomore at Senior High. Counselors were on campus and available to students and staff Monday, said Superintendent Terry Bouck.

“This is a huge tragedy for Senior High and the district,” Bouck said. “We’re just doing the best we can to make sure everyone is OK throughout this situation.”

He said the crisis staff will be at the school on a day-to-day basis and be there all week if necessary.

The School District 2 Board of Trustees took note of the situation Monday evening by observing a moment of silence at the beginning of its meeting.

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General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.

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