Police: Man Intentionally Crashed Through Homeless Shelter

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Police are investigating a crash at a local homeless shelter, where they say a man intentionally drove his car into the building.

The Grand Junction Police Department says around 8 p.m. Thursday, Mark Bird walked through the doors of the Homeward Bound Grand Junction Community Homeless Shelter and told an employee to get everyone out of the building because he was going to drive into it.

The door was installed earlier Thursday and cost the shelter $2,000.

After staff evacuated the building, police say Bird made good on his threat and plowed his Ford Taurus through the lobby and into some offices inside. One of the offices included that of the Executive Director, who says it was fortunate the incident happened last night. She says she's usually in her office at that time.

Officials say an employee who went to check on Bird tells them he said he had a gun -- however, no weapons were found.

After being removed from the vehicle, Bird was taken to the hospital.

Officials say they don't have a motive at this time, but they believe Bird had previously stayed at the shelter. Homeward Bound officials tell 11 News that other reports are untrue that the man was denied a stay at the shelter earlier in the day.

Homeward Bound officials say about 94 people were inside the building before the crash. None of them were injured.

The shelter has been closed while crews work to clean up the mess. All people staying there were transported to other area churches.

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