Man shot in West Glenwood; suspect still at large |

Man shot in West Glenwood; suspect still at large

Oscar Contreras made it to his nephew’s birthday party on Saturday ” albeit with a bit of a limp.

The limp doesn’t seem too bad considering the events of Friday night.

Contreras was shot with a handgun in the right leg at approximately 11 p.m. Friday night. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Oasis Restaurant, 51701 Hwy. 6, in West Glenwood.

The assailant fled the scene following the shooting. As of Saturday afternoon, police had no suspect in custody, but do have leads, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.

“We have information that we’re working with on the suspect,” Wilson said. “…We don’t know if the suspect is still in the area. We don’t have a good read on that yet.”

Wilson declined to comment on the sequence of events leading up to the shooting, but Oasis owner Axel Contreras said his brother was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“The guy was trying to get in (the restaurant) and we refused service because he was too drunk,” Axel Contreras said. “We asked him to leave and he got upset … and went to the parking lot and came back with a pistol.”

The man was too drunk to handle his gun and likely didn’t single out Oscar as the victim.

“I’m sure he was not trying to shoot somebody in particular, just mad at the fact we did not let him in,” Axel Contreras said. “My brother did not have anything to do with that.”

He’s not sure, because “everybody panicked,” but Axel Contreras believes more than one shot was fired.

The Oasis, which has 10 security workers, checks for weapons on everyone before entering the bar, according to Axel Contreras.

“It was in the parking lot. It was not inside,” he said. “We search everybody and try to keep everything clean and fun.”

In the 31⁄2 years the Contreras has owned the Oasis, this is the first shooting he has had to deal with. Wilson agreed that shootings anywhere in Glenwood Springs are “definitely very rare.”

The shooter faces some serious charges, according to Wilson. He said he needs to confer with the District Attorney’s Office, but there likely will be “numerous charges involved of a very serious nature.”

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