Shooting victim still in critical condition |

Shooting victim still in critical condition

Jason Wiley, 25, is still in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after being shot in the head at the Ripple Creek Lodge east of Meeker on July 3.

The suspect, 27-year-old Anthony Michael Franke, is being held without bond at Garfield County Jail, and is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Both men worked at the lodge.

The alleged shooting was reported to local authorities at 11:38 p.m. on July 3. Wiley and Franke were in a bunkhouse at the time.

The Ripple Creek Lodge is located 39 miles east of Meeker in the White River National Forest, near the Garfield County/Rio Blanco County line.

The Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Department and the Meeker Police Department were first to respond to the scene. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting.

The victim is from Texas.

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