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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities are considering whether criminal charges are warranted against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case that an investigator called an accident.

The unidentified suspect apparently had been startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and another friend knocked on his window early Sunday.

The alarmed teen grabbed a gun described as a family heirloom and shot through the glass, killing Schulte.

The victim and suspect were described as friends and had been together just hours earlier.

Both attended Billings Senior High School, just a block from the home.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says prosecutors are reviewing the circumstances to decide if charges should be brought.


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