An 18-year-old Mexican national who police claim was in possession of a “green card” executed a Native American husband and wife who had stopped to offer assistance to him when they saw in was having trouble with his automobile. The suspect, who also shot and wounded the dead couple’s daughter when she attempted to escape told police he committed the homicides because the man was too slow helping with his disabled vehicle and the daughter laughed at him, according to an FBI agent’s testimony on Thursday during a court hearing.
The married couple, 51-year-old Jason Shane and 47-year-old Tana Shane, died following the execution-style shooting which occurred on an Indian reservation in the small town of Pryor, Montana. Meanwhile, their daughter, 26-year-old Jorah Shane, was gunned down when she tried to run back to her house nearby. She was shot in her back as she ran screaming.
The suspected gunman, Jesus Deniz a/k/a Jesus Deniz Mendoza, who gave Worland, Wyoming, as his hometown, told investigators he shot the three victims, when they had stopped to help him because “Jorah laughed at him.” While Deniz reportedly possessed a green card, it’s believed he is one of the millions of illegal aliens who possess fake identification.
“Deniz told the interviewing [FBI agents] that he shot the victims because he was getting tired of waiting around, and because the daughter laughed at him,” a statement submitted by federal authorities said. Because the shootings occurred on an Indian Reservation, the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Crow Tribal Police Department — who are sworn peace officers — are handling the investigation because the murder victims and the wounded daughter were members of the Crow tribe.