A Montana driver shoots a family who had stopped to render assistance to the stranded motorist. The brutal killing of a couple, and the wounding of their adult daughter, has shocked the small Montana town of Pryor, population 600. The shooting occurred on July 29.
Writes The Associated Press, via Yahoo News: “The FBI confirmed that two people were killed and a third injured by gunfire in Pryor, a town of just over 600 people in southern Montana. A suspect was arrested hours later in Wyoming, FBI spokesman Todd Palmer said.”
According to investigators, Jason Shane, 52, and his wife Tana Shane, 50, drove by a man, later identified as Jesus Deniz, who had run out of gas. The couple, along with their 24-year-old daughter Jora, returned to Deniz with a can of gas in order to help. It’s unclear what transpired, but Jason and Tana were allegedly shot and killed by Deniz. The daughter was also shot and injured.
The shooting occurred on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation – a 3,500 square mile reservation in southern Montana near the Wyoming border.
Tana Shane’s nephew, Bryce Hugs, provided some detail on the shooting. “When they came back to help him, that’s when it all took place,” Hugs said. “He killed both of them and then shot Jora. It grazed her in the head, and when she took off, he shot her in the back.”
Adds Montana’s Billings Gazette: “Hugs said his aunt drove by a stranded man on Pryor Gap Road just south of Pryor and went home and picked up her husband and daughter to offer help. The family traveled to the corner store in Pryor to get gasoline, but the store was closed. When they returned to the stranded man, the shooting took place.”
Big Horn County Undersheriff Bart Elliott said the daughter remains hospitalized. “The victim that was transported to the emergency room really doesn’t know what’s going on,” Elliott said.
The Shanes have four other daughters and two sons. The youngest is 18 years of age.
After the shooting, an armed Deniz stole the vehicle belonging to the Shames, a 2006 gray Pontiac. The car was quickly spotted by regional law enforcement. Deniz was taken into custody and arrested without incident approximately 12 miles away. He is currently being held at the Park County Detention Center.
Todd Palmer, Special Agent with the FBI in the Salt Lake City Division, announced that “there is no further danger to the community,” but did not provide any details on Deniz, his background or any possible motive for the shooting of the family.