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Police have arrested a suspect they believe shot two men early Thursday morning in a parking lot in downtown Bozeman.

Jim Veltkamp, deputy police chief, said police received a report of a shooting in the Montana Provisions parking lot behind downtown bars at 2:16 a.m. When officers arrived, they found two men who had been shot.

Both men were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Veltkamp said there was an incident between the suspect and the two men inside a nearby bar before the shooting.

“Due to that it does not look like it was a random shooting or random event,” he said.

The Gallatin County jail roster showed a 21-year-old man was booked into the jail on an attempted deliberate homicide charge Thursday at 10:12 a.m. Veltkamp would not confirm if that person was arrested in connection to the downtown shooting.

Chet Trumbull, Bar IX Manager, said the alleged shooter was in and out of a couple a bars before the incident. He said the bar staff knew the guys who were shot as regulars.

Trumbull said a bartender there named Christian, who is a former Marine, broke up an initial fight and people left the area. After that, he said, the assailant came back with weapons and shot the two men.

Trumbull said Christian wrapped a tourniquet around one man’s leg and put pressure on another man’s chest where the bullets had hit them. He said Christian then called 911.

“He used his training and it kicked in. It definitely helped out,” Trumbull said of Christian.

Mia Conca, a bartender at the nearby Pour House, said she was closing up when she heard two groups of people fighting out back. She and a security guard at the bar went to see what was happening when they heard four gunshots that she said sounded like fireworks.

“And then there was a guy on the ground,” Conca said.

Conca said she then saw Christian go over to help him.

By Thursday afternoon, police had reopened Mendenhall Street from Rouse Avenue to Bozeman Avenue and city hall’s east parking lot. During the morning hours they had taped off the area because it was considered an active crime scene and because they found “items of interest” in the city hall parking lot.

Three stickers showing where bullets pierced a Montana Provisions truck, parked inside the market’s parking lot, remained on the driver-side windshield. A crack on the windshield traced the holes.

The shooting is still under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to call 406-582-2000.

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Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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