Carbondale victim identified in West Vail shooting
November 8, 2009
VAIL, Colo. – The man who died in a shooting at the Sandbar in West Vail on Saturday night has been identified as Gary Bruce Kitching, 70, of Carbondale.
One person was killed and three were injured when gunfire broke out at the bar/restaurant at around 7:30 p.m. The suspect, Richard “Rossi” Moreau, 63, of Vail, is being held in the Eagle County jail, and is expected to appear in Eagle Combined Courts on Monday morning to face a charge of first-degree homicide and possibly other charges, said Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger at a press briefing Sunday morning.
The injured victims include a 63-year-old Vail resident who sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported via helicopter to Denver Health with “life threatening” injuries, Henninger said. A 29-year-old victim remains in the Vail Valley Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the arm, and a 25-year-old was released from the Vail hospital after being treated for a leg wound.
The 29-year-old was a Sandbar employee, while the other three victims, including Kitching, were patrons, Henninger said.
The shooter appears to have acted alone, and there are no other suspects, Henninger said.
A motive for the shooting is not known, Henninger said. However, witnesses said the shooter was involved in an argument and was escorted out of the bar by staff, police said. Once outside, he began shooting, police said. He then re-entered the bar and continued shooting, police said.
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Businesses in the West Vail mall, including the Sandbar, remained closed Sunday, cordoned off by yellow crime-scene tape, as investigators gathered evidence.