- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Law enforcement officers are investigating a pair of shootings near Rocky Mountain College in Billings and at Pictograph Cave State Park southeast of the city.

No one was hurt in the shootings, and authorities didn’t immediately know if the shootings were related.

The first shooting happened about 12:45 p.m. near Rocky Mountain College. A 32-year-old woman called police to report a man in his 20s was following her sport utility vehicle and firing shots at it. She said he eventually rammed her SUV twice before firing more shots.

After hearing of the shooting, school officials sent students home or to their dorms.

Bob Wilmouth, president of Rocky Mountain College, told The Billings Gazette that he got the all-clear about 45 minutes later.

Employees at the school recently went through active-shooter training. Wilmouth said it’s possible that implementing the evacuation wasn’t necessary.

“Did I overreact? I don’t care,” Wilmouth said. “It worked well.”

The suspect was described as driving a maroon, older model car.

Also Tuesday, Yellowstone County deputies received a report shortly after 1 p.m. that someone was firing shots at Pictograph Cave State Park. Witnesses reported the man was yelling incoherently at the bushes, Sheriff’s Capt. Bill Michaelis said.

The suspect was arrested but not immediately named.

About 40 people took shelter in the visitor’s center at the park until about five Sheriff’s deputies and two Montana Highway Patrolmen arrived.

Pictograph Cave was closed for the rest of the day, said Jarret Kostrba, manager at Pictograph Cave State Park. The cave would reopen Wednesday, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies are sharing information with the Billings Police Department on the incident.

“We’re obviously looking at any relationship with what happened at the pictographs,” Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said. “We would be remiss if we didn’t look at the connection.”

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