Woman camping near Red Feather Lakes hit by apparent stray bullet

Michel CooperLast Update : Tuesday 20 June 2017 - 12:35 AM
Woman camping near Red Feather Lakes hit by apparent stray bullet

A woman camping in the Red Feather Lakes area was shot in the thigh by an apparent stray bullet in a reckless shooting.

The incident happened Saturday in the area of Forest Roads 171 and 171D in the Swamp Creek area, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was taken by fellow campers to County Road 74E and Manhattan Road, where there’s better cellphone reception. Red Feather Lakes Volunteer Fire Department and deputies responded and found the woman, who was taken by helicopter to a hospital. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

Investigators interviewed several campers in the area of the Roosevelt National Forest, where the shooting occurred. Multiple people had been firing guns in the area throughout the day, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators were unable to determine the source of the stray bullet. The shooting is likely “the result of reckless discharge of a firearm.”

The sheriff’s office and U.S. Forest Service urge campers and back country users to “understand safe shooting practices” and use extreme caution when firing in national forest.

In 2015, Glenn Martin, 60, of Monument, was killed by an apparent errant shot in Pike National Forest as he was about to roast marshmallows with his family.

Anyone with information on the Red Feather Lakes incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.

Source: denverpost

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