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Man shot in West Glenwood

Dale Shrull
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. PearsonA Glenwood Springs police officer videotapes the crime scene around The Ponderosa Lodge in West Glenwood Monday night after a fatal shooting occured around 9:50 p.m.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” The Ponderosa Lodge in West Glenwood looked pretty much normal for a Monday night.

Normal if it wasn’t for the five Glenwood Springs Police cars and the yellow police tape stretched all the way around the property.

With the orange “no” illuminating from the vacancy sign and the sprinklers chattering, the mood was still tense at 11:20 p.m. last night.

Police with flashlights and crackling radios could be seen wandering around and through the Ponderosa Lodge property.

Around 9:50 p.m. a report came over the police scanner that shots were fired and there was a man down behind the Ponderosa cabins. The police scanner said that the man was shot three times in the chest and there appeared to be no pulse.

Calls to police weren’t returned and officers at the scene weren’t available to comment by press time to confirm the scanner report.

According to a police officer at the scene, the suspect is still at large.

Mark Schwartz and Aaron Rodriguez were sitting on a bench outside the Affordable Inns Motel next to the Ponderosa when they heard “pops.”

“I thought it was fireworks,” Schwartz said. “It was like pop, pop, pop, pop, really fast. Four pops.”

He and Rodriguez thought they had just heard fireworks.

“You know, it’s almost the Fourth of July. Then I started thinking and I thought that wasn’t fireworks,” he said.

When a police officer showed up and started running through the Ponderosa property with a rifle in hand, Schwartz said he knew those weren’t fireworks he’d heard.

“It sounded like someone screamed,” Rodriguez added about what he heard after the pops.

Schwartz and Rodriguez, who are staying at the motel and working in the area from Denver, were sitting on the bench eating pizza and getting a break from the hot room.

“It was kinda freaky sitting here thinking about it, now,” Schwartz said.

Investigators from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are expected to be on the scene by this morning.

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