Witnesses: Fight led to shootings

At least two witnesses told investigators that a man left a home in Fruitvale after he was in a brawl at an early morning party, then returned to the party and shot five people, according to an arrest affidavit.

Witnesses said Joshua Gregory Anton, 20, and a second man were “starting fights” early Dec. 13 at 2988 Krista St. before Anton fired what was described by some at the party as up to seven shots. One apparent stray round shattered a window on a car parked in the home’s driveway, according to the affidavit.

Anton’s affidavit was unsealed by a judge’s order Jan. 8.

A 21-year-old man claimed he heard Anton “say something about getting a gun” and said he later saw Anton in the home’s doorway firing a handgun. The man was running away when he was shot in the forearm, the affidavit said.

Of the five men who were wounded, doctors at St. Mary’s Hospital indicated two suffered serious bodily injury. All of the victims have since been released.

The affidavit doesn’t specify events that led to the alleged initial brawl at the home. At some point after the fight, the affidavit said, Anton and the second man left, then returned and pounded on the door. Anton lives next door to the home where the party was happening.

A 6-year-old boy opened the door, allowing the pair back in, the affidavit said.

A witness told investigators “everything was OK” for a short period, before another brawl erupted and shots were fired.

Shortly after Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies entered the home, Anton came forward and identified himself as the shooter, the affidavit said.

Anton acknowledged getting into a brawl, but insisted “most” of the party left after the fight. Anton told investigators a group later tried to return, pounding on the front door.

Anton said he shot three times when several men, some he recognized from the fight, walked in the door. He claimed to have had his gun, a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber, in his pocket the entire time he was at the party.


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