A shooting Wednesday in the South Side of Billings put a man in the hospital, but refused to speak to police.
The shooting that wounded the 39-year-old was not random, according to a statement from the Billings Police Department. The alleged shooter and victim seemed to know one another. Despite the victim of the shooting refusing to work with investigators, police are following up on several leads.
“The victim was completely uncooperative,” BPD Lt. Matt Lennick said Thursday morning. “What’s important about that is for an assault with a weapon charge, there needs to be a victim. So without a victim, we can’t really do anything.”
The shooting occurred on First Avenue South and South 31st Street, just a few blocks from where a teenage boy was shot dead over the weekend. A private citizen drove the wounded man to a local hospital, according to BPD. The victim, Lennick said, left the hospital “AMA,” that is, against medical advice.
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Gun violence has caused at least 10 deaths in and around Billings so far this year. Last year ended with 17 BPD homicide investigations, the majority of them due to gunfire.