Man shot during a party in Rifle
RIFLE – For the second straight weekend, there has been a shooting in Rifle.The latest incident occurred at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at the Bookcliffs Apartment and RV Park at 1415 Railroad Ave.According to the Rifle Police Department, Rosendo Delgado-Delgado, 29, of Rifle, was shot in the upper leg and transported by a private vehicle to Grand River Medical Center, where he was treated and released.The shooting allegedly took place during a party at the mobile home park.”There was a party involved and a bit of an argument,” Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner said.Police are still trying to determine the identity of the shooter and have not yet made an arrest. Interviews with witnesses were still being conducted as of Monday.”The problem is that most of the witnesses don’t speak English,” Meisner said.Translation assistance is being made from other law enforcement agencies.A shooting occurred the previous Saturday, July 15, at the Rimrock Apartments in north Rifle when a man allegedly shot his wife during an argument.Christopher Greer, 26, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, menacing with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.Greer told the court the shooting was an accident.Greer was still in custody at the Garfield County Jail on Monday, July 24, on a $250,000 bond. Greer’s wife, Nicolena Greer, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. She was apparently shot once but had entry and exit wounds in both her right arm and right knee.The shootings have raised concerns for the Rifle Police Department.”This has been two weekends in a row, and we’re always concerned when people start getting shot,” Meisner said.While Meisner said that the shootings were in no way connected, he attributed the crimes to the city’s “growing pains.”He also expressed concern about the Bookcliffs Apartments and RV Park.Five years ago, four people were killed and three injured at the park and the adjacent City Market parking lot when Steven Michael Stagner, then 43, went on a shooting spree on July 3, 2001. All the victims were Hispanic.Stagner was later found to be innocent by reason of insanity and sentenced to the state mental hospital in Pueblo.”We’ll be looking at the (Bookcliffs) park and hopefully the property owner will, too,” Meisner said. “I think it’s the density, the housing conditions and the makeup of the clientele.”
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