Shooter Tells FBI He Shot the Couple and Daughter on Crow Indian Reservation because They “Laughed” at Him

Jesus Deniz Shot three people in cold blood on Crow Indian Reservation on Wednesday

Jesus Deniz Shot three people in cold blood on Crow Indian Reservation on Wednesday

Published August 2, 2015

HELENA, MONTANA—As the tribal community attempts to make sense of the senseless triple-shooting that took place on the Crow Nation on Wednesday, the alleged shooter, Jesus Deniz (aka – Jesus Deniz Mendoza),18, was bound over to the U.S. Marshals Service custody on Friday.

The triple shooting near Pryor, Montana left a couple, Jason and Tana Shane, dead and their 22-year-old daughter Jora Shane injured. The couple and their daughter had gone to give assistance to Deniz who appeared to be stranded on the side of a reservation road without gas.

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Prior to the shooting, Tana Shane had driven past Deniz’ vehicle and went home to get her husband and daughter so they could assist the stranded motorist. Once on the scene of the stranded vehicle, Deniz attempted to rob the Shanes at gunpoint. They told him they did not have any cash on them. Deniz began to walk away, but turned around then shot the couple at close range.

Deniz told the FBI he shot the three because they “laughed” at him.

Deniz was arrested several hours after the shootings near Meeteetse, Wyoming, about 120 miles from the where the tragic incident took place on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Deniz of Worland, Wyoming is a legal Mexican immigrant. Earlier this year, immigration officials attempted to deport him after he was convicted of a burglary, but could not because of his legal status.

A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

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