Helena shooting victim identified

Posted at 8:05 AM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 10:05:18-04

Lewis & Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson has identified the man who was shot and killed in Helena on Thursday as 21-year old Ryan William Eakin.

The shooting happened at about 11:10 a.m. along the 1200 block of Bozeman Avenue.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Friday.

The suspect in the shooting has not yet been captured; authorities do not yet know the motive for the shooting.

As law enforcement officers searched the area for hours, several businesses in the area went into "lock-down" for several hours, while some chose to close for the day.

The owner of Element Consign & Design, Paula Bonar, chose to remain open and said that she felt safe due to the heavy police presence.

Bonar said, "Big shout-out to them, they got it done. They really did. I was proud to watch."

Bonar said that while it was a scary situation, it doesn’t define the Helena community: "That is not indicative of this neighborhood. That is not indicative of Helena. That is not who we are in this town."

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