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Man dies after rifle goes off in Helena store parking lot

Posted at 5:20 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 07:30:56-04

Kmart accidental shooting

HELENA – The Helena Police Department said a 48-year-old man died Sunday afternoon after a rifle went off in the former Kmart parking lot.

Police Lt. Brett Petty said officers responded just before 12:30 p.m. after several people called 911 to report hearing a gunshot in the area.

Officers found a man with a gunshot wound and began attempting lifesaving measures.

The Helena Fire Department and medical responders from St. Peter’s Hospital arrived soon after and provided medical aid.

The man was taken to St. Peter’s by ambulance, but he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived.

Petty said the man had just returned from a hunting trip with another man and that he was trying to get his hunting rifle out of the back of the truck when a rifle discharged.

Petty said the incident is still under investigation. The man’s name was not released.

By Jonathon Ambarian – MTN News