1 Man Dead Following Shooting Near 2 Public Schools

A Grand Junction man was shot and killed Tuesday morning and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office continues to look for a suspect in connection with the shooting. Authorities have been looking for a hispanic male who they believe is responsible for shooting the victim to death.

At about 7:20 a.m. the sherrif's office responded to 559
Garfield Avenue on a report that someone had been shot in apartment number four. According to Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Susan Mcburney the suspect knocked on the door of the apartment and was let in by a witness. Once inside the suspect went over to the victim, who was sitting on a couch, said a few words to him and then shot him in the head.

Initial reports by the sheriff's office suggest the suspect may have fled on foot. He is described as a hispanic male weighing about 150 pounds. He is 5' 7" and was wearing a black hat, black shirt, black pants and black shoes.

Investigators are looking into how the two men knew each other and continue to interview the witnesses present at the time of the shooting. Immediately after the shooting Bookcliff Middle School and Nisley Elementary School were placed on lock down for about two hours as a safety precaution until authorities could be sure the suspect was out of the area.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

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