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Helena police investigate Friday morning shooting involving juveniles

HPD investigating Friday morning shooting involving juveniles
Posted at 10:25 AM, Mar 24, 2023

HELENA — Helena Public Schools officials said there will be an increased police presence near some schools Friday while Helena police officers investigate an early morning shooting.

Just before 4 a.m., Helena Dispatch received numerous reports of gunshots in the 1100 block of Billings Avenue, which is between Helena High and Helena Middle School.

“Officers responded to the scene and located two juvenile males. One of the males had a firearm in his possession,” police said in a press release.

The two juvenile males were taken into custody.

“Please know our schools were not involved in any way and school will continue as normal,” wrote Helena Public Schools Superintendent Rex Weltz in a letter to parents Friday morning. “Please don’t hesitate to contact your school’s principal if you have any questions.”

Helena police said there is nothing to indicate anyone has been injured from the shooting and there is no active threat to the community.

“It is unknown if this was a random incident or if certain persons were targeted,” police said.