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Missoula Miller Creek shooting apparently drug related

Posted at 7:00 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 09:00:03-04

MISSOULA — Court documents reveal Monday night's Miller Creek shooting in Missoula was apparently drug-related.

Zakai Houck, 20, is being charged with attempted deliberate homicide, for allegedly shooting someone in Missoula's Miller Creek area Monday night.

According to court documents, a female witness told law enforcement she was in the car with Houck when her ears started ringing, and she realized Houck shot his gun.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office responded to the 2700 block of Ancabide Lane at around 8:40 p.m. on Monday for reports of a bloody male laying in the road. Medical personnel noticed the male had gunshot injuries on his head.

"The underlying allegations in the affidavit include substance abuse,” Judge Landee Holloway said on Thursday.

Court documents say a female witness told law enforcement that Houck asker her for a ride to go buy some "dabs." She said she drove him to the Miller Creek area and picked up the male victim.

The woman stated Houck sent her a message to "keep driving around and not to stop." Soon after her ears started ringing, and she allegedly realized Houck shot the man. The woman alleges Houck then pushed the male victim out of the car and instructed her to drive away.

Deputies later found what appeared to be a portion of a side-view mirror with a bullet hole near where the male victim was found. The male victim was taken to the hospital Monday night in serious condition. His condition at this time is unknown.

Houck is being held in the Missoula County Detention Center on a $2 million bond. His next court date has been set for June 1.