Arrests made in Missoula shooting incident - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

Arrests made in Missoula shooting incident

Posted: Mar 08, 2018 1:10 PM Updated:
Ivory Brien and Chase Munson. courtesy Missoula County Ivory Brien and Chase Munson. courtesy Missoula County

Two people have been arrested in connection with a double shooting at a Missoula convenience store earlier this week.

Missoula Police say Ivory Brien, 19 years old, and Chase Munson, 18 -- both listed on the University of Montana student roster -- are now behind bars.

Two people were shot early Tuesday morning at the South Avenue Market at the intersection of Higgins and South avenues.

The victims were the only two people in the convenience store at the time of the shooting which happened shortly after 3:45 a.m. on Tuesday. One of the victims was an employee who was treated and released from the hospital. The other victim -- who was not an employee -- is still hospitalized.

"When the officers arrived they encountered two gunshot victims, both transported to the hospital. They also learned that two suspects had entered the store and shot both victims before leaving again without making any demands," Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh said.

According to a news release, the UM Police Department received information related to the shooting incident and passed it on to Missoula Police Department detectives.

Search warrants were served on Wednesday evening at the Miller Residence Hall.

The investigation continues, but there is no public safety threat to the community or to UM students or staff, according to Sgt. Welsh. 

Missoula and UM Police -- along with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office -- are continuing to investigate the double shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Missoula Police Department at (406)  552-6300.

(TUESDAY, MARCH 6) Missoula police say they are looking for two suspects who shot two people at a Missoula convenience store early Tuesday morning.

Missoula Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh reports that at 3:38 a.m. Tuesday officers responded to the report of shots fired at the South Avenue Market convenience store in the 2400 block of South Higgins Avenue.

Sgt. Welsh says upon arrival, the officers learned that two suspects had entered the store; one of them brandishing a firearm. Two individuals had been shot. Both adult male victims were transported to the hospital where one was treated and released. The condition of the second man is not known at this time.

The two suspects fled the store prior to officers' arrival. One suspect is described as being taller than 6'0, muscular, and wearing a dark colored hoodie. The second suspect is described as being shorter, also wearing a dark hoodie, and brandishing a firearm.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Ben Slater (406) 552-6282 or Det. Mitch Lang (406) 552-6292.

- Melissa Rafferty and Conner McCauley reporting

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