Cops: Teen Killed Friend Who Tossed Pebbles at Window

Mackeon Schulte was trying to wake his sleeping pal
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2015 7:42 AM CDT
Cops: Teen Killed Friend Who Tossed Pebbles at Window
Billings police are on the scene of a shooting with one person dead, Sunday, May 17, 2015.   (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP)

"It's a tragedy all around." That from Capt. John Bedford of Billings Police Department in explaining what happened in his Montana city in the wee hours of Sunday. Per police, Mackeon Schulte, 15, and a friend he was spending the night with went to another friend's home around 2:30am. The two wanted to wake the sleeping boy, so they rapped on his window and tossed pebbles at the glass. Shaken from his sleep, the boy looked out the window and saw two faces, but recognized neither, reports KULR. Scared, he reached for a gun that was in his room and fired through the window, reports the Billings Gazette. Mackeon was hit in the head. A neighbor tells the Gazette he heard someone say, "Dude, you just got shot."

The Senior High sophomore was pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Hospital a short time later, the department noted in a Facebook post. The boy who was with him was uninjured; his name and that of the shooter have not been released. Police are calling it an accidental shooting and have made no arrests; investigators and the county attorney's office are discussing how to move forward. "This is a huge tragedy for Senior High and the district," the superintendent tells the Gazette. "We’re just doing the best we can to make sure everyone is OK throughout this situation." (More Montana stories.)

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