MISSOULA - Two suspects who were arrested earlier this week for shooting two people at a Missoula convenience store appeared in Missoula County Justice Court Friday.
18-year-old Chase James Munson was charged with two counts of attempted deliberate homicide after prosecutors say he used a .22 revolver to shoot two people at the South Avenue Market on Tuesday. His bail was set at $1 million.
19-year-old Ivory Brien was charged with two counts of accountability to attempted deliberate homicide. His bail was also set at $1 million.
According to court documents, the pair was out “car-hopping” on March 6 before heading to South Avenue Market. Munson was armed with the revolver and Brien was carrying pepper spray.
There were two individuals in the convenience store when the suspects walked in. Prosecutors say that Munson shot the first victim in the back and then stood over the person once they were on the ground and shot them in the head.
The second victim was a clerk, and he attempted to hide behind the counter. Munson went behind the counter and stood over the clerk before shooting him in the shoulder, prosecutors say.
They added that Brien was spraying both victims with pepper spray during the incident.
Both suspects fled the scene without taking anything from the store and returned to a dormitory at the University of Montana.
Munson packed a bag and checked into a hotel room where he was later arrested. Prosecutors say he told others that he was planning to leave the country for Mexico.
Public defenders say Munson has no criminal history, was enrolled as a student at UM and has family in Missoula. Brien is from Arlee originally and has no criminal history.
Neither of the victims were armed, prosecutors say, and were the only two people in the convenience store at the time of the shooting.
One of the victims was an employee who was treated and released from the hospital. As of Thursday the other victim, who was not an employee, remains in the hospital with unknown injuries.
Both men are suspected to have been using Xanax at the time of the shooting.