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Lees shooting

A worker vacuums after closing as Billings police investigate a 2 a.m. shooting at Lee's Saloon at 530 South 27th Street. The Billings crime investigation van was on the scene and several officers searched the area. Crime scene tape surrounded the parking lot and 27 evidence markers could be seen near the building and in the nearby alley. According to a BPD Tweet, the suspect is unknown at this time.

Billings police say they have identified multiple “persons of interest” in connection to a fatal shooting at a South Side bar earlier this month.

Billings resident Shane Nez Perce, 24, died at the hospital from multiple gunshot wounds following the April 6 shooting at Lee’s Saloon. Two other men, both Billings residents, were also injured, according to police.

The announcement that “persons of interest” had been identified came in a social media post by the department Friday morning. The post also stated that no arrests have been made.

Police spokesman Lt. Brandon Wooley declined to clarify how many people police believe were involved, but said the suspected shooter was among those identified. He said the shooting occurred outside the bar, but declined to provide any information on the extent of injuries to the other two victims, whether multiple people fired weapons, what type of gun was used or what provoked the shooting.

Police investigators at the scene put down at least 27 different evidence markers. Several of the yellow identifiers were on the sidewalk and parking lot outside a Lee's Saloon's door. Other evidence markers were visible in a nearby alley.

The shooting took place in the early-morning hours at the bar, which has a history of violent incidents.

Most recently, a man was hospitalized in January after being stabbed in the abdomen at Lee’s Saloon, located on the 500 block of South 27th Street.

In 2015, 22-year-old Jamie Jo Broken Rope was sentenced to 55 years in prison for stabbing and killing another woman outside the bar.

In the same year, a man confronted an ex-girlfriend in Lee's, flashed a gun and ordered her into a nearby car where he beat her. 

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