Drive-by shooting reported in Clifton

Local law enforcement officials are circulating a photo from video surveillance of a vehicle they believe is connected to a drive-by shooting that occurred in the early morning hours Thursday in Clifton.

The image of the vehicle — what investigators believe is a Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle — was captured near a home in the 480 block of Aspen Grove Drive that was riddled with multiple gunshots at 5:15 a.m.

“Dozens” of rounds were discharged into the home, according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Megan Terlecky. The home was occupied, but no one was hurt in the shooting.

Investigators on Friday were not disclosing the size of the rounds found or what type of weapon or weapons they believe were used by the shooter or shooters. Law enforcement also was not revealing whether there were multiple caliber types of bullets found at the scene.

Investigators on Friday were still trying to piece together some of that information, Terlecky said.

“We’re looking at the forensics and looking at what’s there, and that’s what we are trying to determine — how many shooters there were, one or two, and whether the car kept driving or whether it stopped or not,” she said.

Some of those specifics are being withheld to help sort through tips investigators have already received about the case.

Witnesses told deputies that a vehicle was heard speeding away from the area west on 
D 7/8 Road, just after the shooting.

Investigators also said Friday that they believe this is an “isolated incident.”

Anyone with information about the shooting or the vehicle captured on surveillance video is asked to call a witness tip line at 244-3526, or Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP.

Information that leads to an arrest can earn anonymous tipsters up to a $1,000 cash reward.

“We’re really going to have to rely on the public’s help on this one,” Terlecky said. “The more people that can come forward and help us out, we certainly appreciate it.”

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Police Department has disbanded its gang unit indefinitely due to staffing shortages.

Members of the gang unit and some traffic investigators have been reassigned to patrol duty as that area of the department has suffered a number of resignations and retirements.

The department will also leave unfilled vacancies in specialized units empty until at least Jan. 1 in an effort to fill other parts of the department.

Chief Pete Carey says the decision to move officers around was difficult, but that there needs to be enough people on patrol to cover officers if they go into dangerous situations.

 

OMAHA, Neb. — Lancaster County’s public defender says Nebraska ought to decriminalize marijuana and regulate its distribution.

Joe Nigro said at a Thursday forum in Omaha that he’s not advocating the use of marijuana. But he says prohibition has failed and that the state’s criminal justice system shouldn’t be treating a health issue.

Nigro also criticized state Attorney General Doug Peterson for continuing to pursue legal action with Oklahoma against Colorado over its marijuana policies.


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