Man, 36, dead after shooting in Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A man is dead after a shooting in Grand Junction Saturday night, according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

The coroner's office identified the victim as 36-year-old Travis Carothers, of Grand Junction, who died shortly after he was taken to the hospital. The death is being ruled a homicide and was caused by gunshot wounds to the stomach and chest.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of North View Drive, near 29 1/2 Road and Orchard Avenue. Mesa County Sheriff's deputies were called to reports of shots fired.

Neighbors said it's usual to see police in the area, but gun shots being fired does put them on edge.

"So I got up and came out and it was gung ho, lights, trucks and the ambulance had just pulled out when I got out," said Eileen Hampton, who lives right across the street from where the shooting reportedly happened.

When they got to the scene, deputies said they found Carothers suffering from a gunshot wound.

Dusti Parks is the person who dialed 911.

"We heard the three gunshots and came out onto our back porch. We could hear a lot of yelling and moaning and groaning, cars peeling out of here," she said. "It was scary, it was very scary. I checked on my kids first, right after I got off with 911. We just stayed outside and saw what was going on."

She said she keeps her kids close by.

"My kids don't play outside of my fence, they don't get to ride their bikes outside. They stay in the yard. We have to be out here."

Law enforcement officials said they are looking for people of interest for questioning, and they questioned a woman who was in the house.

The sheriff's office said there is no danger to the public.

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