Gun involved, not fired, in altercation

Grand Junction police arrested two people and questioned three others after reports of a possible shooting Monday night at a C&F Food Store.

Police pursued a 2004 white Ford full-size van that dispatch reports said was registered to someone with an address in Parachute, after dispatch reported three men shooting from the van at a 1998 green Ford Mustang convertible. Dispatch reports said the convertible was registered with an address in Collbran.

“What we later learned was that one of the individuals (from the white van) had kicked the other vehicle; they hadn’t fired the gun,” said Sgt. Lonnie Chavez, of the Grand Junction Police Department. “Both vehicles left the scene.”

There was no physical fight,  he said. “Just the verbal altercation, pointing of the shotgun, and both
vehicles left.”

The incident happened at 7:40 p.m. at the C&F store at 859 Pitkin Ave., he said. The victim, driving what was described as a green Mustang with a tan convertible top, was not located and was last seen heading westbound on Ute Avenue.

There were four men and one woman in the white van, Chavez said. The number of people in the Mustang was unknown. Police contacted the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado State Patrol with descriptions of the car.

“We have a victim who doesn’t want to be a victim,” Chavez said. “Without a victim, we can’t have a felony.”

Charges against the people contacted in the white van are pending and may involve prohibited use of a weapon, disorderly conduct, possible alcohol offenses and, if the gun had been tampered with, federal charges, Chavez said.


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