Grand Junction police say shooter acted randomly |

Grand Junction police say shooter acted randomly

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A man who killed two people and wounded two others in a Grand Junction neighborhood before killing himself last year was obsessed with violence on video games but left no indication of his motive, police said Friday.

Police said they have closed their case on the Oct. 11 shootings without determining what prompted the shootings by 22-year-old Stefan Martin-Urban.

“This kind of shocked everyone, including people who knew him, including family and friends,” said detective Sgt. Stan Ancell. “Nobody saw this coming at all.”

Investigators concluded Martin-Urban acted alone, chose his victims randomly, and left no notes or told anyone of his plans, Police Chief Bill Gardner said. Martin-Urban had no connection to his victims.

Police found Martin-Urban had an intense interest in video games that graphically portray shooting deaths.

“That alone does not give us a motive for the shooting, but may have provided Martin-Urban with an idea of how to carry out the act,” police said in a written statement.

“What we do know is that Martin-Urban became obsessed with the violence and evil readily available on video games and the Internet. We can only hope this tragedy awakens parents and families to the threats posed to young people’s minds through their home computers,” Gardner said.

Investigators haven’t determined why Martin-Urban, who had been living with an aunt in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, took his aunt’s vehicle and drove about 240 miles west to Grand Junction before the shootings.

Martin-Urban may have ended up in the Gallaghers’ neighborhood simply because it was near an exit off Interstate 70, then followed the Gallaghers to the Fines’ home, Ancell said.

He had bought a handgun in Lakewood less than two weeks before the shootings.

Martin-Urban opened fire outside the home of Terry and Linda Fine as they were meeting up with former Mesa State College President Michael Gallagher and his wife, Floyce, to head on a vacation, police have said.

Terry Fine, 61, and Floyce Gallagher, 60, were killed in the Fines’ driveway. Linda Fine and a neighbor who rushed to the house after hearing gunshots were wounded. Michael Gallagher was not hurt and drove Linda Fine to a hospital.

Investigators determined Martin-Urban fired more than a dozen rounds, some at close range, from a 9mm handgun. He reloaded at least once.

Martin-Urban later shot himself as authorities closed in on his vehicle.

There was no sign that Martin-Urban was on medication or other drugs at the time of the shootings, Ancell said.

“The public and us always want to know why, and this is one of those unfortunate times we’re not going to know why,” Ancell said.

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