A man whose car broke down on a road in Montana opened fire on the family who pulled over to offer him help on Wednesday, killing the parents and wounding their daughter.
Tana Shane, 50, and her husband Jason, 52, parents of seven children, were killed while their daughter Jorah, 24, was shot in the head and back, after they pulled over to help Jesus Deniz Mendoza, 18, in Pryor, Montana.
Jorah survived and ran to a school nearby to get help before returning to the scene of the crime. She was eventually taken to hospital and was described as “incoherent” before her surgery.
1. Tana Shane, 47, and her husband Jason, 51, were killed, and daughter, Jorah, 26, was shot in the head and back, but managed to escape, after they assisted a broken down driver in Pyror, Montana (scene pictured).
2. Jesus Deniz Mendoza, 18, was detained in Wyoming by the FBI. He is accused of killing the couple and shooting their daughter after they took him to a nearby store, so he could pick up gas.
The victims are reportedly part of the Whistling Water tribe, which is the Crow Nation’s biggest clan.
Tana Shane drove past Mendoza, who lives in Worland, Wyoming, and went home to pick up her husband and daughter, so they could help the man.
The family then drove Mendoza to the nearest store, so he could get gas, but when he returned, the tragedy took place.
The man allegedly pointed a gun at Jason Shane’s head, told him to get out of the car and demanded that they give him money.
3. The usually desolate road in the Montana town was filled with grieving loved ones. A suspect was arrested hours later in Wyoming.
4. A man puts his arm over the shoulder of another as they talk to a police officer on the road outside the small town. Relatives of the family said they were shot after taking the suspect to the nearest store for gas.
Jorah’s aunt Ada Shane, who spoke to her in hospital, told WSOCTV that Jason told his daughter to run.
At that point Jorah heard the shots being fired.
Speaking to The Billings Gazette, Bryce Hugs, who works for the Crow Tribal Legislative Branch in Pyror described what happened next (based on Ada’s account):
(He) killed both of them and then shot the daughter. It grazed her in the head, and when she took off, (he) shot her in the back.
5. The town of about 600 people is part of the Crow reservation, which is home to approximately 12,000 tribal members.
When two FBI agents interviewed the suspect on Wednesday, he acknowledged shooting three people with a .22 caliber rifle, before driving away in their car, according to the statement, which also reads:
Deniz told the interviewing agents that he shot the victims because he was getting tired of waiting around, and because the daughter had laughed at him.
The Gazette reports that Mendoza was arrested 120 miles away, near Meeteetse, Wyoming, and was being held in “investigatory custody for another agency” in the Park County Detention Center.
A judge’s signed warrant would initiate the process of returning Mendoza to Montana to face charges in the killing.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby has scheduled an initial court appearance for Mendoza on Friday. It is unclear whether the suspect has an attorney.
According to the Big Corn County Attorney’s Office, Mendoza is an American citizen of Hispanic decent.
6. A Montana family is shot after offering to help a stranded driver.
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