BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A freshman football player at Rocky Mountain College was fatally shot over the weekend and police in Billings, Montana have arrested two teenagers, officials said.
Chandler Wyatt Stalcup, 18, of Crystal River, Florida, was shot early Saturday. He remained on life support until Monday when his organs were harvested for donation, the Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office told KULR-TV.
Police were responding to a report of a gun being discharged during a fight at a house party just before 3 a.m. Saturday when they received a call about the shooting near campus, police Lt. Matt Lennick said. A 16-year-old male suspect was arrested about six hours later and was being held in juvenile detention. Investigators recommended a deliberate homicide charge.
A second suspect, a 17-year-old male, was arrested Monday on suspicion of accountability to deliberate homicide and was also being held in juvenile detention, Lennick said.
Stalcup had gone to the house party to pick someone up early Saturday when there was an exchange between Stalcup and the suspect, Lennick said.
Both parties left in separate vehicles and the confrontation continued until Stalcup was shot in the road near campus, Lennick said.
Stalcup was a defensive lineman who appeared in one game this season, according to the school’s website.
Rocky Mountain College, an NAIA school in the Frontier Conference, postponed all athletic events, including a men’s basketball game in Great Falls on Saturday morning, two soccer matches Saturday afternoon and a volleyball match Saturday night. The football team had a bye on Saturday.
About 200 students and staff gathered for a prayer service on Saturday night.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stalcup family,” Crystal River High School said in a statement. “Chandler was an outstanding student and athlete at Crystal River High School. He was an even better young man who demonstrated a strong sense of character. He was a role model, well liked, and respected by all who came in contact with him. The faculty, staff, and students are saddened by this tragic loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Stalcups.”