2 victims in Grand Junction were each shot 4 times
GRAND JUNCTION ” A man suspected of killing a dentist and a former teacher in weekend shootings had taken classes at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, almost 400 miles from Grand Junction, authorities said.
Police have yet find any ties between suspect Stefan Alexander Martin-Urban, 22, and 61-year-old dentist Terry Fine, who was killed in the driveway of his home Saturday.
Martin-Urban is suspected of killing Fine and Floyce Gallagher, 60, as the two were preparing to head on a vacation with their spouses. Fine’s wife, Linda, and a neighbor were wounded.
Police have yet to determine what brought Martin-Urban to Fine’s house and the Grand Junction area.
Police said Martin-Urban, an Alaska native, had been staying with a relative in the Denver suburb of Lakewood recently.
His aunt told Lakewood police he had vanished with her SUV Friday and that he was new to Colorado didn’t have a job or friends in the state.
Lakewood police Investigations Division Chief Dan McCasky said she downplayed her concern when she was given the option of filing a missing person or stolen car report.
“She even told the clerk she expected him to walk through the door any time now,” McCasky said Tuesday. “The aunt decided that she’d give it some time and then call back the next day if he hadn’t returned.”
Grand Junction police said Martin-Urban, who had bought a 9mm handgun at a Lakewood gun shop Oct. 2, was in the Grand Valley area Friday morning. They have asked for the public’s help in figuring out what he did between then and the shootings.
According to police reports, former Mesa State College President Mike Gallagher was in the driver’s seat of his BMW Saturday morning in the Fines’ driveway. Linda Fine sat in the back seat with Gallagher’s wife, Floyce.
Gallagher told police Terry Fine was walking to the house to make sure he’d set the burglar alarm. Gallagher said he noticed a green SUV park outside the Fines’ home and saw a man get out and fire at Fine at close range.
Coroner’s officials said Fine was shot four times and died instantly.
Police said the gunman then shot Linda Fine in the back seat, and Floyce Gallagher scrambled out the car as the gunman shot at her.
Mike Gallagher quickly drove Linda Fine to the hospital, not knowing what had happened to his wife after she got out of the car, according to the police report.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said Floyce “Flo” Gallagher died from four gunshot wounds that “were not survivable.”
The gunman then shot and wounded a neighbor who heard the gunshots and ran to help as the gunman drove away, police said.
Martin-Urban shot himself as authorities closed in on his vehicle, police said. Coroner’s officials said Martin-Urban committed suicide with a shot to the head.
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