The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 7:30 this morning in the parking lot of the 29 Mile Apartments (2915 Orchard Ave).
Deputies arrived to find an adult male with a gunshot wound. Despite life-saving measures by paramedics, the person died on the scene. A second adult was immediately detained and taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting. At this point in the investigation, this is believed to be an isolated incident.
Bookcliff Middle School was placed into a shelter-in-place as a precaution. Students walking to school were immediately ushered inside for their safety. The shelter-in-place was lifted a short time later.
While no students were involved in this incident, we understand how it may still impact students. We encourage parents to talk with their children and use counseling resources offered by District 51.
Please expect a continued law enforcement presence in the area while investigators process the scene and speak with potential witnesses.
The Mesa County Coroner's Office is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death and will release the name of the deceased person once the next-of-kin is notified.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff's Office at (970) 242-6707.