MISSOULA – Fundraising continues for the victims involved in a Missoula County shooting spree last month that killed one person and injured three others.
The people who own Exit 96 Shine Truck and RV Wash in Missoula were not letting the weather get in the way of raising money on Sunday.
They continued the cause of helping Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer, Casey and Julie Blanchard — along with the family of Shelley Hays, the man who was killed in the incident.
“I think everybody that was really here to support the cause came no matter what I don’t think the rain stopped them. I mean they knew the money was going to a good cause so,” said Michael Schramm with TECE Trucking.
The group was able to raise an estimated $5,000 just off the wash — and even more thanks to a raffle and product sales. Schramm says the trucking industry was a valuable contributor to the fundraiser.
“A lot of the trucking companies in Missoula donated a good amount of money — whether they ran all their trucks through or not — cause they’ve got trucks out today that are working,” he said. “They sill donated their money and I think the trucker industry as a whole really supported this whole thing.”
All of the money raised on Sunday will be split evenly between all four of the families.