DEVELOPING: Truck Stop Shooting Leaves One Dead and One Injured, Suspect in Custody

Grand Junction, CO – A Colorado man is facing serious charges after a truck stop shooting left one man dead and another injured on Sunday night.

Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) officers were called to a Travel Centers of America (TA) truck stop located at 2222 Highway 6 & 50 at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Upon arrival, officers located one adult male on the ground in the parking lot suffering from multiple apparent gunshot wounds.

Despite rescue efforts, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.


A second adult male was also discovered at the scene with an apparent gunshot wound to his leg.

He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

The identities of the victims has not yet been released.

Authorities did not locate a suspect at the scene after immediately locking down the truck stop and the surrounding area.

According to GJPD, a perimeter was set up, the scene was secured, and witnesses were interviewed.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m., officers with the Fruita Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 400 Block of Birchwood Street, where they contacted a male who was ultimately determined to be the suspect in the shooting incident.


Christopher Rizo, 29, of Grand Junction, was arrested and booked into to the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges of Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, two counts of Aggravated Robbery, two counts of 2nd Degree Kidnapping, and two counts of Menacing.

The affidavit in this case is currently sealed as the investigation is ongoing and detectives continue to interview witnesses, GJPD says.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments.

Suspect photo shared courtesy of kjct8



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