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New details in Helena shooting and stabbing incident

Gabriel Garcia
Gold Bar
Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 22, 2024

HELENA — Court documents filed with the Lewis & Clark County Justice Court shed new light on a shooting and stabbing that injured several people in downtown Helena on December 29, 2023.

The Helena Police Department and US Marshals Service arrested Gabriel Garcia of Helena in connection with the incident and changed him with one felony count of assault with a weapon.

According to court documents, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Last Chance Gulch for a stabbing. Upon arriving, officers determined gunshots were also fired.

Documents say officers located all of the involved parties, including Garcia and an unnamed victim.

The incident allegedly began as a fight in the Gold Bar between several people, including Garcia.

The unnamed victim intervened and was allegedly stabbed by Garcia in the lower right abdomen and sustained “extensive injuries.”

Four people injured in alleged shooting and stabbing in Helena

Court documents say Garcia’s knife penetrated the victim's abdomen and struck his liver.

According to court documents, the fight was broken up and Garcia allegedly left the Gold Bar and chased one of the individuals he had been fighting with.

Court documents say one of the individuals involved in the fight “retrieved a gun from their vehicle,” and that gun was allegedly used to shoot Garcia.

Garcia, 27 years old, appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Mark Piskolich on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Bail for Garcia was set at $100,000.