CLIFTON, Colo – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for its continued help as investigators work to track down persons of interests in the shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 488 32 Road.
While investigators have conducted multiple interviews and are actively following up leads, it has taken time to release information about the progress of the case because of a number of factors the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to beware of.
So far, the investigation has led investigators to believe the 27-year-old male victim was the intended target. This was not a random act, this was an isolated incident.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office believes there is no immediate danger to the public.
The victim has been released from the hospital and is now recovering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Through the course of the investigation, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has learned there were multiple witnesses to the shooting that occurred in an apartment at 488 32 Road.
Investigators are currently interviewing these witnesses. Some of them, however, are reluctant to come forward because of current warrants out for their arrest unrelated to this case.
Investigators are in the process of tracking down those witnesses and persons of interests.
Because key witnesses still need to be interviewed, certain aspects of the investigation are being withheld from the public as to not compromise those witnesses and by extension, the investigation.
Search warrants and other court documents remain sealed at this time. This is standard procedure with all investigations of this nature as to not compromise the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
This remains an active and ongoing investigation.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to assure the public every effort and resource is being used to ensure the safety of its residents.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the witness tip line at (970) 244-3526 or Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP (7867). You can remain anonymous with Crime Stoppers and tips leading to an arrest could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.