Shooting recap: Gunman approaches, fires, reloads
The following recap of Saturday and Sunday’s events was compiled from Grand Junction Police Department reports:
• Around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, a young man approached four people in the driveway at 2631 Chestnut Drive, the home of Terry and Linda Fine, who were preparing to leave on a Las Vegas vacation with Mike and Flo Gallagher.
• The man, armed with a 9 mm pistol, shot three of the people, killing Terry Fine and Flo Gallagher and seriously wounding Linda Fine. When neighbor Paco Larson came to help the Fines and Gallaghers, he was shot, too. Larson was treated and released from a hospital Saturday.
• The gunman, identified by police Sunday as 22-year-old Stefan Alexander Martin-Urban, stopped to reload his gun at one point. Mike Gallagher, who was uninjured, sped off in his silver BMW with Linda Fine as a passenger. He took her to St. Mary’s Hospital, where she was upgraded from serious to good condition Sunday.
• About 45 minutes after the shooting, in a neighborhood about a half-mile from the Chestnut Drive shooting, a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy spotted a green Honda CR-V, the color and make of sport utility vehicle the suspect was believed to be driving. When the deputy tried to pull over the vehicle, it sped off, beginning a police pursuit. After a short chase, Martin-Urban drove his vehicle off 26 1/2 Road and into a small group of trees and tall grass near a bridge over Interstate 70.
• Police found Martin-Urban in the vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to St. Mary’s hospital, where he died at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday.
• The Grand Junction Police Department released information about Martin-Urban to the media Sunday afternoon, saying he had no previous criminal record and moved to Lakewood about seven weeks ago to live with a relative. Police said he fired at least 12 shots and was carrying a navy blue bag holding ammunition and spare magazines.
• Investigators said they had not been able to determine a motive for the shooting or any ties between Martin-Urban and the shooting victims or the Grand Valley.
• Police have established a tip line and are asking the public for help in finding out more about who Martin-Urban was and why he was in Grand Junction. The tip line is 244-3755.