Police confirm man died in Glenwood Springs shooting
GLENWOOD SPRINGS”The man who was shot four times in west Glenwood Springs Monday night died shortly after being transported to Valley View Hospital, according to Glenwood Springs Police.
The gunman, who hadn’t been located by Tuesday evening, does not appear to be a threat to the community, Police Chief Terry Wilson said.
“We have good reason to feel that the community is safe,” Wilson said. “We do not have a person running around the community with a gun looking for an opportunity to shoot someone else.”
The police department and other agencies including the Garfield County All-Hazards Response Team took “extreme steps” to make that determination, including a “full-bore” sweep of the area as well as door-to-door contacts, Wilson said.
That’s about all he would say, however.
Wilson didn’t answer any questions about the shooting beyond some of the basic information. He wouldn’t say if police believe the man has left town or if he’s still in Glenwood Springs.
“It’s very early in the investigation, and we’re not revealing information we think is pertinent to the successful completion of the investigation,” Wilson said.
People at the Ponderosa Cabins believe the dead man lived there, but the gunman did not, according to Ponderosa Cabins resident Manuel Viera.
The deceased man’s name won’t be released by authorities until the Garfield County Coroner’s office notifies the man’s next of kin. Deputy coroner Thomas Walton said his office is working to reach the man’s family in Mexico.
Walton confirmed witnesses’ reports that the man was shot four times. A shot to the man’s leg shattered the man’s femur, Walton said, and the man was shot three other times in the abdomen.
“The cause of death is going to be multiple gunshot wounds,” Walton said.
Police are also classifying the death as a homicide.
What looked like puddles of dried blood on a concrete path remained behind one of the cabins while two detectives knocked on doors Tuesday evening.
Ponderosa Cabins resident Charles King said he heard gunshots, went outside and saw a man lying down in the dark. He said he tried to perform CPR on the man.
He believes the area is unsafe. He said it’s dark, and there are lots of drug deals there.
“I think darkness is a huge problem out there,” he said.
Viera disagreed, saying light comes in from the adjacent hotel. He added that if there’s drug activity or other suspicious activity he hasn’t seen it in the five months he’s lived there.
Wilson said it’s “fairly dark” towards the rear of the property, but that he doesn’t recall “large amounts or consistent reports of drug use or suspicious activity” at the Ponderosa Cabins.
No one was in the office at the Ponderosa Cabins around 10 a.m. or just before 5 p.m. Crystal Property, who manages the cabins, said they’d relay a message to the owner, whose contact information they wouldn’t give out. The message wasn’t returned.
Brooke Hert, assistant manager at the Affordable Inns next door to the Ponderosa property, said quite a few guests told her they heard the gunshots.
“Immediately after that, they saw a truck speed out of there,” she said.
Wilson didn’t comment about anyone telling police about a fleeing truck.
Hert, who doesn’t approve of guns, said the situation and the heavily armed law enforcement agents were frightening.
“You don’t want to walk over there,” she said. “You hope no one comes out of the bushes.”
Dale Shrull and Omar Cabrera contributed to this story.
Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611
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