Missoula
37° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Kalispell
35° F
Rain
Rain
Bozeman
34° F
Light Snow
Light Snow
Advertisement

2 men charged in gas station clerk shooting

Published On: Sep 10 2012 10:18:58 AM MDT
Updated On: Sep 10 2012 06:46:21 PM MDT
Missoula attempted robbery
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Two men have been charged in connection to the shooting of a clerk at an East Missoula convenience store and gas station.

Prosecutors charged 23-year-old Christopher Lee Burch and 24-year-old Preston James Hanna in the shooting.

Burch, the alleged shooter, faces attempted deliberate homicide and robbery charges.  Hanna, the alleged driver of the get-away car, has been charged with suspicion of accountability to both charges. 

Bail has been set for both at $500,000. 

Prosecutors allege Burch was dressed in black and carrying a scoped rifle when he entered the Ole's store in East Missoula shortly before 3 a.m. Friday and shouted at the clerk: "Give me all the money."

When the clerk ignored the request, investigators say he was shot in the upper body and the would-be robber fled.

As of Sunday evening St. Patrick Hospital reports the victim is in critical but stable condition.