Bozeman News

Aug 26, 2013 9:31 PM by Adam Bell - MTN News

Transient shooting: shooter in custody, victim scheduled for surgery

BOZEMAN - One transient is in jail, facing attempted deliberate homicide charges after allegedly shooting another transient three times at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday night.
The defendant's bail amount has been set at $1,000,000.

"It was an altercation that led to a shooting," Captain Steve Crawford with Bozeman police, said.

According to court documents, the defendant, 52-year-old John David Hodges, shot the victim after being pushed over a small fence along Frontage Road near the 19th overpass.

"Officers responded down there and located an adult male who had been shot three times," Crawford said.

Shortly after arriving on scene, police places Hodges into custody, in an effort to secure the scene.

Crawford said, "A search warrant was obtained and a weapon was recovered."
That weapon is a black powder pistol, according to Crawford, a gun that appears to be consistent with the victim's wounds.

In his years of experience, Crawford said that an argument that escalates to a shooting, is rare in Bozeman.

"We do respond to disagreements and physical altercations but they rarely rise to the point of a shooting," he said.

If convicted, Hodges faces between 10 to 100 years in prison for the crime of attempted deliberate homicide.

The police however, want the public to know that there does not seem to be a public safety issue at this time as the crime appears to be between two people that knew each other.
Meanwhile, the victim was scheduled for surgery at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.


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