Woman dead after argument
October 9, 2005
EAGLE COUNTY – One woman is dead, and two men are injured after two unrelated shootings Friday night, according to Capt. Bill Kaufman from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Maria Madrid, 38, of Gypsum was shot and killed while fleeing a campsite on Coffee Pot Road in Dotsero with her husband and 14-year-old son, officials said. When an argument between the family and another man sharing the campsite broke out, the family retreated to its pickup truck “just to get some space,” Kaufman said.”At that time, the man reached into his shirt, pulled out a handgun and began shooting at the vehicle,” Kaufman said. Kaufman said Madrid’s husband put the truck into reverse as the truck’s windows were shot apart and drove to the closest residence to call for help. He was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs where he was treated for minor gunshot wounds and released, Kaufman said. The boy was not injured.The second shooting was a drive-by in Gypsum, when a 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. The victim and another man had been standing on the side of a road as a gray car passed them, turned around and then drove toward them again, Kaufman said. Never seeing the suspect, the men watched as a handgun appeared in the window of the car. Police don’t know if the shooting was gang-related and declined to speculate on a motive. According to authorities, the victim was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where doctors determined a Flight For Life helicopter should transport him to a Denver hospital. “He underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, Kaufman said. After the first shooting, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit searched the campsite. With the help of the Colorado State Patrol, authorities recovered what might be the suspect’s abandoned vehicle, a pickup truck with a camper in the bed, in the Burns area, officials said. However, police said they have not yet found a suspect, a 30- to 45-year-old white man, about 6 feet tall and 195 pounds with brown hair and a mustache. Police consider him armed and dangerous and recommend that anyone who sees him call 911.Although the shootings happened on the same night, Kaufman said “they are definitely two separate cases.” The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation of both cases.