Possible Stray Bullet Kills Camper in Pike Forest

11692553_927814363944536_914093507732640498_nThe July 4th week kept local law enforcement officials on their toes, with gun violence resulting in one fatality north of Woodland Park and another close call in Victor
Authorities are still looking for suspects in these unrelated cases.
On Friday evening, law officers from Douglas and Teller counties were summoned to Rainbow Falls Park, off Hwy. 67 north, to investigate the death of a 60-year-old man, who was apparently killed by a stray bullet. The fatality occurred when the victim was camping with his family in the Pike National Forest, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim, identified as Glenn Martin, was fatally wounded around 6:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead shortly after sheriff deputies responded to the scene. According to family members, Martin was sitting in “a perfect camping spot” when the incident occurred. Many gun shots, though, were heard in the area shortly before Martin got hit.
According to the preliminary investigation, authorities don’t believe the shooting was intentional, but they have not ruled out the possibility of foul play. They have hinted that the shooting may have resulted from shots fired from a high-powered rifle. However, no suspects have been named.
Authorities from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance. Anyone who has additional information is advised to call 303-660-7579.
That isn’t the only shooting incident reported last week in the area.
The Teller County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a report of an attempted shooting that occurred in Victor last week. According to an e-mail The Mountain Jackpot received from a local resident with strong ties to the city and a family member of the victim, an employee of the public works department, Toni Tomei, was shot at two times while performing road grading duties. The second shot reportedly shattered the back window of her road grader cab, and nearly fatally wounded the victim. According to the e-mail, the victim alleged she may have been killed if she hadn’t ducked from the line of fire. The employee, though, wasn’t injured from the reported incident. However, she was shaken up.
The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, with Tomei initially hearing a loud bang. When she turned around to see what happened, she heard another bang, causing the cab’s back window to shatter. The alleged shooting took place on a dirt road with houses in the area.
Victor Public Works Superintendent Dan Delaney has declined comment, saying the matter is being investigation by the sheriff’s department. But in comments published in The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, Delaney indicated that he believed Tomei’s account of the incident.
Victor no longer has a police department, with the Teller Sheriff’s office handling all law enforcement matters.
Sheriff Mike Ensminger confirmed that the incident is under investigation by their agency and that a report may be released later this week.
Officials hope that the possible shooting attempt wasn’t intentional or malicious. One possibility is that shots may have been fired from a pellet or BB gun.
However, Tomei doesn’t believe this is the case. The incident has stunned many residents in Victor, with no known incidents in recent memory of employees being targeted by gun shots. As of press time, no suspects were named.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call 719-687-9652.