Update 5:35 p.m.
Police are investigating a shooting outside the Lewis and Clark Inn in downtown Billings Friday afternoon.
Police said in a tweet that a man approached a motel guest at 3:48 p.m. and asked for cigarettes.
The two began to argue, and the man pulled out a knife and lunged at the motel guest, according to police.
The guest was carrying a handgun, which he pulled out and shot the man. He ran away and was found nearby and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police did not say if any charges would be filed.
The area was blocked off with police tape Friday evening for the investigation.
shooting 1709 1st N at 1548hr male susp approached motel guest asked for cigs. verb argument ensued susp pulled a knife and lunged at the guest, The guest had open carry HG @ he shot the susp. Susp ran but was located nearby. Susp was transp to the hosp to be treated. Sgt. Reid— BillingsPD (@BillingsPD) July 22, 2022
(first report) Multiple police vehicles responded to an apparent shooting at the Lewis and Clark Inn in downtown Billings Friday afternoon.
A large police presence was spotted in the parking lot of the motel on First Avenue North around 4 p.m., and police put up crime tape and blocked off the area around the motel.
A Billings firefighter confirmed to MTN News that a shooting had occurred but had no other details.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.