Grand Junction Police Investigate Shooting – Colorado Mesa University on Lockdown Following Incident [UPDATED]
A shooting in the 400 block of Chipeta Avenue Sunday evening (January 18) also put students at Colorado Mesa University on lockdown while the Grand Junction Police Department searched for possible suspects.
[UPDATED January 19 11:00 a.m.] As of this morning, Grand Junction Police are still looking for a suspect in the Chipeta Avenue shooting which appears unrelated to the lockdown at Colorado Mesa University.
In the CMU case, police were attempting to stop a vehicle that ended up driving into a pedestrian area on the CMU campus before crashing. Two suspects in that incident were arrested and two more are still at-large. The Mesa County Sheriffs Office describes both suspects as male, approximately 5'8" tall, brown hair and dressed in black.
If you have information or know the suspects in either case, please contact the police at 970-242-6707.
According to our news partner, KKCO 11 News, the victim of the alleged shooting left the scene and was found in a tree near the area the shooting was reported. Initial reports indicate the shot missed the victim, but he was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
While police looked for the suspect(s), Colorado Mesa University officials sent out a text alert to students around 9:00 p.m. that the campus was being locked down.
A student who was not on campus at the time, said the second alert sent to students just before 9:15 p.m. reported an armed suspect may be on or near the CMU campus and the campus would remain on lockdown until further notice.
CMU sent a third message at 9:25 p.m.indicated "all at-large suspects had been apprehended" and the lockdown was being lifted.
In addition to the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff Department and Colorado State Patrol are also investigating the shooting.
We'll have more information on this story as it becomes available.