Man shot in West Glenwood |

Man shot in West Glenwood

Dale ShrullGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS The Ponderosa Lodge in West Glenwood looked pretty normal for a Monday night – except for five Glenwood Springs police cars and the yellow tape stretching all the way around the property.With the orange “No” illuminating from the vacancy sign and the sprinklers chattering, the mood was still tense at 11:20 p.m. Monday.Police with flashlights and crackling radios were wandering around and through the Ponderosa Lodge property.Around 9:50 p.m. a report of shots fired and a man down behind the Ponderosa cabins came over the police scanner. The scanner said the man was shot three times in the chest and there appeared to be no pulse.Police didn’t return calls, and officers at the scene weren’t available to confirm the scanner report late Monday night.According to a police officer at the scene, the suspect is still at large.Mark Schwartz and Aaron Rodriguez were sitting on a bench outside the Affordable Inns Motel next door when they heard “pops.””I thought it was fireworks,” Schwartz said. “It was like pop, pop, pop, pop, really fast. Four pops.”He and Rodriguez thought they had just heard fireworks.”You know, it’s almost the Fourth of July. Then I started thinking and I thought that wasn’t fireworks,” he said.When a police officer showed up and started running through the Ponderosa property with a rifle in hand, Schwartz said he knew he hadn’t heard fireworks.”It sounded like someone screamed,” Rodriguez added.Schwartz and Rodriguez, who are in from Denver and staying at the motel while working in the area, were sitting on the bench eating pizza and getting a break from the hot room.”It was kinda freaky sitting here thinking about it, now,” Schwartz said.Colorado Bureau of Investigation officials are expected to be on the scene by this morning.

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