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Teen shot in Great Falls, two suspects in custody

Teen shot in Great Falls, two suspects in custody
Teen shot, suspects at large in Great Falls
Teen shot in Great Falls, two suspects in custody
Shooting in Great Falls on February 21, 2023
Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 21, 2023

An investigation is underway into the shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Great Falls on Tuesday.

The Great Falls Police Department says that at about 7:50 a.m., the student was shot as he was walking along the 1600 block of Valeria Way on his way to Great Falls High School.

Two suspects ran away, according to the GFPD, but both were apprehended within an hour. The names of the suspects have not been released at this point.

Great Falls High School implemented "shelter in place" procedures as a precaution.

Teen shot in Great Falls, two suspects in custody

The victim was taken by ambulance to a hospital and reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries.

Estella Reyes lives in the 1600 block of Valeria Way and was home at the time of the shooting.

Reyes said, "I was making breakfast for my son and I heard two gunshots. I walked over to the window and looked outside the back door and saw a slender person dressed in black running between the two buildings."

She added, "I've already been on the fence about putting my kid in public schools, daycares, anything. It just feels safer whenever he's at home."

Shooting in Great Falls on February 21, 2023

Another woman who lives on the block but didn't want to be identified says her sons also heard the shooting: "He looked out the south window and the 15-year-old was leaning against a neighbor's van and he was holding his stomach. One of the neighbor's kids was running to get something like a towel and he was applying pressure to the kid's stomach."

There is no word on any possible motive for the shooting, but police say that the shooting was "isolated to those involved," and it was not random.

We will update you if we get more information.