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Police seek suspect after Gypsum shooting

Pam Boyd
Vail Daily News
Jesus Manuel Miranda Jr.

GYPSUM — Police are searching for 31-year-old Jesus Manuel Miranda Jr. after identifying Miranda as a suspect in an armed robbery Friday that left one man injured.

Miranda, a Dotsero resident, is described as a Hispanic male with tattoo sleeves on both arms. Authorities say if you see him, do not approach him and call 911.

A female suspect was taken into custody Friday afternoon in connection with the shooting. Authorities have not released her name.

The shooting occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. Friday at Tienda Montes, located in Gypsum’s Dakota Square shopping area. The victim was taken from the scene in an ambulance.

Following the shooting, Gypsum schools were placed on lockdown and police manned barricades around the area. After the female suspect was taken into custody, police continued to search the area around Gypsum Elementary School and Eagle Valley High School as well as Estes Lane and the area along the railroad tracks for the second suspect.

According to Jessie Mosher of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses on scene said there was an armed robbery resulting in an altercation with one individual sustaining three gunshot wounds. The person was not an employee at the shop. The two suspects then fled the scene.

Workers at a nearby business reported hearing a gunshot and then seeing people pointing in the direction where the suspects fled. A short time later, an ambulance took one person, who appeared to suffer gunshot wounds, away from the scene.

At the end of the school day, the Eagle County Alert system informed parents that after-school activities were canceled and that students would not be allowed to walk or ride bikes home. Students were escorted to buses and parents were instructed to pick up their children at school if they had walked or ridden bikes to class.

Another Eagle County Alert, issued at 4:15 p.m. informed Gypsum residents that they could return to their homes, but that checkpoints has been established in the Gypsum Estates area. Once home, residents were told to keep doors and windows locked and stay inside.

According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department, Miranda has been arrested in Eagle County once in 2005, twice in 2006, twice in 2007, once in 2008, once in 2010 and on Aug. 18 he turned himself in for a warrant for third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He posted bond and is currently going through the court process in that case.