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Shooting victim dies in Billings; teen arrested

Posted at 10:58 AM, Oct 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-30 10:36:36-04

(THIRD REPORT) Billings police say the 18-year-old man shot Saturday morning has died, and they are shifting the investigation to a homicide.

MTN confirmed the victim is Chandler Stalcup, a freshman at Rocky Mountain College and a defensive lineman for the Battlin' Bears football team.

BPD Lt. Matt Lennick says a 16-year-old Billings boy has been arrested on a pending charge of deliberate homicide.

More details of the shooting were released Sunday evening. Lennick said at 2:54 a.m. on Saturday that officers were responding to a report of shots fired at a residence on the 1400 block of Avenue C when they received a second call that a person had been shot on the 900 block of Poly Drive.

Stalcup was found at the location on Poly Drive with life-threatening gunshot wounds and taken to a Billings hospital; he died from his injuries on Sunday night.

(SECOND REPORT) After an 18-year-old was shot in the 900 block of Poly Drive early Saturday morning, Billings Police deployed its Crime Scene Investigation unit and worked for hours to try and figure out what exactly happened.

It was a chilly October morning, something Poly Drive residents weren’t exactly thrilled about.

"It’s always nice waking up to snow," said Jens Zimmerman, a Poly Drive resident, on Saturday. "I’m being sarcastic."

Jens Zimmerman
Jens Zimmerman

Residents awoke in the morning to find snow and ice—and caution tape blocking off their street, which they said is usually quiet.

"It’s quiet," said Zimmerman. "It’s a good part of town."

According to the Billings Police Department (BPD), an 18-year-old male was shot around 3 a.m. near Great Harvest Bread Company at 907 Poly Drive.

“I was going to get a sandwich at Great Harvest Bread,” said Jim Scott, a Billings resident, on Saturday. “We can’t get there from here. There’s yellow tape. It’s a police crime scene, I guess."

Scott and his dog Whinnie were on their way to grab a bite to eat when they were turned around by a BPD patrol car. He said he lived on Poly for nearly 20 years—and that while he lived there, things were a bit different.

Jim and Whinnie Scott
Jim and Whinnie Scott

“You know I can’t remember anything like this ever happening in this neighborhood," Scott said.

BPD said the victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. At the time of this publication, his condition remained unknown.

“You know it just makes me sad that that’s part of our reality these days," said Scott. "I’m just sorry that it happened."

BPD and a neighbor
BPD and a neighbor

MTN News was at the scene all morning trying to gather more information. We were told all available detectives were interviewing witnesses and that officers were working diligently on the investigation.

Neighbors were left feeling uneasy about what the future of Billings might look like.

"It’s always sad to see when kids get injured or kids get involved with things like this,” Zimmerman said. “I hope the kid ends up okay."

(FIRST REPORT) A section of Poly Drive in Billings was closed on Saturday morning while police investigated a shooting that resulted in a man being taken to a hospital.

Police said on social media that officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Poly Drive for a reported shooting and found an 18-year-old man who had sustained "life-threatening injuries."

The man was taken to a Billings hospital for treatment.

Police said Poly Drive was closed to traffic between Glenwood Drive and Michigan Avenue while officers investigate.

No other details have been released at this point.

We will update you if we get more information.