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Montana shooting victim expected to come home in June

May 24, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who was shot eight times during a shooting spree that killed another man and badly injured a highway patrol trooper is expected to return home in early June.

Casey Blanchard of Stevensville is at the University of Utah Hospital, which released Trooper Wade Palmer on Wednesday.

The Department of Justice issued a statement Friday from Blanchard’s wife, Leah. She says he is becoming more confident in daily activities such transferring in and out of a vehicle and cooking.

Investigators determined Blanchard, his mother and his friend, 28-year-old Shelley Hays, stopped late on March 14 near Missoula because a vehicle was on the side of the road with its lights flashing. The driver shot Blanchard and then fired into his vehicle, injuring Julie Blanchard and killing Hays. Palmer was shot while searching for the gunman.

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