Investigation continues into fatal Helena shooting - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

Investigation continues into fatal Helena shooting

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One man died after being shot in Helena on Thursday morning, and the suspect has not yet been captured.

The name of the male victim has not yet been released.

It happened at about 11:10 a.m. near the intersection of Bozeman and Montana streets, between Montana and Roberts.

The Helena Police Department released the following information at 12:41 p.m.

At approximately 1109 hours, the Lewis and Clark County 911 center received a report of a gunshot victim in the 1200 block of Bozeman. Officers and medical units responded. Lifesaving efforts on the victim, an adult male, failed. The male died on scene. Officer checked the immediate area around the shooting for the suspect, without success. After the initial investigation it is not believed there is an immediate threat to the public. A possible witness to the incident described the suspect as a white male with basketball shorts and long socks. No further description is available. The investigation is continuing and officers will remain in the area throughout the day. It is requested the public remain away from the area to avoid traffic and pedestrain congestion.

The Helena Police Department released the following information at 3:22 p.m.

Detectives are still on scene, processing the crime scene.   We are no longer actively searching the area for the suspect.   Detectives and Officers are currently following up on investigative leads to identify the suspect. 

Assistant Police Chief Steve Hagen said, "The adult male victim did die of a gunshot wound at the scene. The investigation is continuing and right now we don't believe the public is at any immediate risk."

Helena High School - which is conducting summer classes - and several other businesses and organizations in the vicinity were placed in lock-down as police searched the area.

We will update you when we get more details.

UPDATE: Lewis & Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson has identified the victim as 21-year Ryan William Eakin of Helena.

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