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Police seek suspects in Basalt shooting

BASALT ” Basalt police are seeking two men suspected of firing shots into the 7-Eleven store on Two Rivers Road late Tuesday, prompting several patrons to flee.

Five bullets came through the store window at about 11:10 p.m. but no one was hurt, according to police. Authorities are seeking two individuals described as Hispanic men, between the ages of 18 and 28. Both were last seen wearing long, baggy shorts and white tank-top shirts. They may have been driving a small, silver, two-door sedan that was last seen headed toward El Jebel on Two Rivers Road.

A clerk who had been working at the 7-11 earlier in the evening said two men came into the store at about 9:30 p.m. and asked him about the U.S. Border Patrol cap he typically wears to work. He was not wearing the hat at the time.

The men said they didn’t like his hat and made threatening comments that the clerk said he did not take seriously. The clerk said he left work at 10:15 p.m. and wasn’t at the store when the shooting occurred, though several patrons, including a family with a child, were in the establishment when the shots were fired, according to police.

“They said we’re going to wait for you. I thought they were just blowin’ smoke,” the clerk said.

Police are asking patrons who fled the scene to contact the police department so they can be interviewed.

One of the suspects is described as about 5-feet-7-inches to 5-feet-9-inches in height and weighing 200 to 225 pounds. He has short, crew-cut, black hair, a clean-shaven face and medium-brown skin, according to the description provided by police.

The other man is 5-feet-6-inches to 5-feet-8-inches in height and weighs 180 to 195 pounds, police said. He has a shaven head, clean-shaven face, dark-brown skin and multiple tattoos on his upper left arm.

Anyone with information about the men, and any witnesses to the incident, are asked to contact the Basalt Police Department at 927-4316.

This story will be updated.

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