Investigators look at connections after drivers possibly targeted in separate incidents


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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — An abandoned pickup might not normally receive this much attention or cause this much of a slowdown on Interstate 25, but investigators from Weld and Larimer counties spent Thursday evening examining its shattered back window to see if it might be connected to a series of unexplained, random incidents targeting drivers.

“I heard some girl got shot in the neck or something, something along those lines, and kids were shooting at windows,” Dan Warfield said.

Warfield owns the pickup. He showed up just after investigators towed his truck as evidence. But he said there was a much easier explanation in his case.

“My wheel fell off; a lug nut hit the back window. It was shattered, cracked ever since, and it finally fell out a couple of days ago,” he said.

The level of concern is warranted because of what happened Wednesday night.

“There was multiple bullet holes in the victim’s vehicle as well as a victim that was shot through the neck,” a 911 dispatcher told officers as they responded to the scene.

Fortunately, the 20-year-old woman who was shot while turning onto I-25 was able to pull over and call 911, but she couldn’t provide much information.

“Victim relaying that she only remembers a dark colored jeep or some type of SUV that was in area when it occurred,” the 911 dispatcher said.

“It does appear to be just a random act,” David Moore of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

And the question is whether it’s related to other random acts that also happened Wednesday night.

A man driving in Loveland said he heard a “pop” just before his rear window shattered. And earlier Thursday, a man driving south on Weld County Road 49 said something shattered his front driver’s side window. He said he thought it was from a gunshot.

“That’s certainly something that our investigators are looking into and obviously, we have the same questions that the public does when you hear all these things. We ask those same questions,” Moore said.

According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have not yet had a chance to verify Warfield’s explanation of what happened to his pickup. Until they do, they will keep his truck as evidence.​

Anyone with information is asked to call the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.

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