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Man In Hospital After Being Shot At Transient Camp

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On Sunday evening, a man was rushed to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital after being shot three times.

The incident happened after an argument over a tent at a transient camp broke out.

52-year-old, John David Hodges is charged with attempted deliberate homicide. Hodges and the victim were camping together for five months.

The two stopped at a transient camp off 19th Avenue overpass adjacent to the Montana Rail Link Train Tracks.

According to court documents, Hodges shot the victim three times, in the stomach and back, after accusing the victim of knocking down a pole that supported his tent.

Steve Crawford with the Bozeman Police Department says no one else was involved in this incident.

"Officers only located the two subjects at the scene," said Crawford. "One of our standard practices is to see if anybody saw anything. At this point I am not aware that anyone was there or saw anything."

Crawford said the department responds to a number of calls at transient camps, but they don't usually end in a shooting.

"It is very rare that it will escalate to the point of a shooting, but periodically officers will be sent if a landowner calls and wants subjects removed from their property," said Crawford.

He said the public should not be concerned or feel unsafe, the incident involved only the two men.

"This was an incident that isolated just between the two subjects," said Crawford. "At no point was there any indication of a threat to the general public and we're not currently looking for anybody else related to the case."

Hodges bail was set at $1 million. If convicted, Hodges could face up to 100 years in prison.

The victim underwent a surgical procedure at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital where medical staff attempted to remove the bullet. His condition is unknown at this time.

Hodges already has a record of nine felony charges including an arson conviction.

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