Man, 27, reportedly shot in back

A 27-year-old man was injured by a gunshot Saturday afternoon from what is believed to be a ricochet.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, at 12:15 p.m. Saturday deputies received a call about a gunshot wound at 34 and C roads in the desert north of Grand Junction.

A man was reported to have been shot in the back “and the caller had no idea who the shooter was,” said Deputy Ben Carnes of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

“It’s believed to be a ricochet he caught; no one believes this was intentional. It’s not like we have anybody who was dangerously shooting, and no charges are pending right now.”

The area around 34 and C roads is a popular place to go target shooting, Carnes said, and the man was out there with at least one other person. After he was shot, he got into a Ford pickup and was driven closer to the road so the ambulance wouldn’t have to go into the desert, Carnes said.

“He was walking and standing and talking and initially refused an ambulance,” Carnes said.

St. Mary’s CareFlight was initially put on standby, Carnes said, but was taken off standby once the seriousness of the man’s injury became known. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital as a code 2, meaning the ambulance didn’t use its lights or sirens, Carnes said.

Though the incident is being considered accidental, Carnes emphasized gun safety: “Always be sure of your background and never point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy,” he said.


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