Mesa County Sheriff's Office investigating shooting in Clifton; four people hospitalized

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in Clifton that officials say has sent four people to the hospital.

Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, dispatch received reports that multiple people had been shot at 468 Mae Street.

Shane Bradford lives in the area and says he could tell something was very wrong.

"All of a sudden I heard four or five loud pops," said Bradford. "So I ran out to the living room and told my stepdad I think somebody is getting shot."

Bradford says as he went outside to find out what had happened, he heard more gun shots and then voices.

"I went across the street to the fence and heard the cops surrounding people telling them to get down," said Bradford. "Just everybody yelling."

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies, Grand Junction Police Officers and K-9 units, Colorado State Troopers, and multiple ambulances rushed to the scene.

"Right now what they're doing is trying to make order out of chaos," says Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey.

Hilkey says four people at the Mae Street address were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Their identities, conditions, and injuries are unknown at this time.

He says deputies detained two possible suspects near the scene and investigators are questioning them.

"Hopefully the people we have detained at the moment will be the right people," said Hilkey. "Or they can at least give us information that is of value to this investigation."

Although potential suspects have been detained, he says officers and K9 units are still searching the surrounding areas.

"There's a search in the area, just to make sure there aren't any more shooters," said Hilkey. "There was an initial report that there might be two to three people."

Hilkey says deputies received reports of shots fired from several different areas around Mae Street, and they and other agencies are looking into the possibility that there may be multiple crime scenes.

"A lot of times when you're in an urban area and you hear shots, you don't know where the shots are coming from," said Hilkey. "They may be reporting the same incident but we're investigating it to make sure it isn't a separate incident."

Hilkey says because the investigation is in its early stages, information about what was taking place on Mae Street before the shooting, and possible motives and connections are not yet known. He says authorities will remain on scene throughout the night interviewing people and collecting evidence to help answer those questions.

"There will be an enormous amount of investigation that will take place," said Hilkey. "We've got a lot of work to do yet."

Bradford and his neighbors say they hope that work gets done soon.

"It's kind of scary," said Bradford. "I got a little kid and a family and for this to happen in the neighborhood, it's pretty scary."

Officials say they hope to release more information about the case by Wednesday afternoon.

Stay tuned to 11 News and nbc11news.com for the latest on this developing story.


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