The Grand Junction Police Department arrested 20-year-old Aaron Munoz of Clifton in the overnight hours of Saturday, April 5, 2014 in connection with the shooting incident on Orchard Mesa the previous night. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant after interviewing the victim of the shooting and other witnesses to the incident.
At this point in the investigation we believe Munoz was at a home in the 100 block of Dorothy Ave and was involved in an argument there. The 911 dispatch center initially received a call from a person who said they heard shots fired in the area of Dorothy Ave. Shortly after, 911 received a second call from the victim who was at the shopping center near 27 Rd. and Hwy 50. The victim reported he had been shot.
The victim eventually told investigators he too was at the home on Dorothy Ave., and found his friend, Aaron Munoz, in a “stand off” with some of the people there. The victim told Munoz to get into his car, and they left with three other people. Munoz, who was sitting behind the driver, accidentally fired a round that went through the driver’s seat, hitting the driver. Munoz and one of the passengers fled the scene on foot. The shooting victim and the other two passengers were with the car when officers arrived.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Munoz, with charges of second degree assault, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, illegal discharge of a firearm, and reckless endangerment. Munoz turned himself in at the Grand Junction Police Department and was booked into the Mesa County Jail.