One dead after shooting

A coroner’s gurney is taken into the home at 2846 Unaweep Ave.on the first day of 2014. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death at the home after shots were fired just after midnight. One person was taken into custody. No one at the scene has been identified.

One man died after a shooting in the 2800 block of C Road on Orchard Mesa shortly after midnight New Year’s Day, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was found dead inside a house after deputies were called to the scene about 12:15 a.m.

Investigators questioned “multiple people” at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The identity of the deceased was not officially released, and no cause of death was announced.

“The Mesa County Coroner, as standard practice, releases identity along with cause and manner of death in accordance with the investigation and upon the completion of an autopsy and next of kin notification,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“This is still an ongoing investigation,” a spokesman for the coroner’s office said in an email, adding that a media release from his office is expected today.

All court documents associated with the case were sealed by court order.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, investigators were still working the scene, where the driveway to the house was blocked off by yellow crime scene tape and several yellow flags marked possible evidence on concrete steps leading to the front door.

A knock on the door of the house where the shooting took place was not answered Wednesday afternoon.

Next-door neighbors who reside about 100 feet north and directly behind the house where the shooting took place said they heard fireworks around midnight, but did not see emergency lights nor did they hear gunfire or sirens early Wednesday morning.

Three doors away from the home on C Road, Jim and Alice Birdsill said they greeted the New Year playing cards at their kitchen table, but “didn’t hear a thing” between midnight and 2:30 a.m.

“I’ve lived here since 1967,” Jim Birdsill said. “This is a very quiet neighborhood.”

“I was astonished (to find out about the shooting Wednesday),” Alice Birdsill said. “Because we didn’t hear anything.”

The Daily Sentinel has learned the deceased is Randy Cook of Grand Junction. Hundreds of friends posted condolences on Cook’s Facebook page Wednesday mourning his loss and praising him as a nurturing father, son, brother and friend.


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