WELD COUNTY, Colo. — The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a vehicle shot on Interstate 25 about three miles south of the Wyoming state line.
The incident happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The vehicle involved is a Ford F-150 pickup truck. A driver and one passenger were inside.
John Syracuse was the passenger in the truck. He says he and his brother-in-law were headed to Wyoming to purchase a Cowboy lottery ticket, something they do every month or so.
“It sounded like a big pop, as if a sledgehammer hit the door panel. It was loud,” said Syracuse.
Syracuse says they were were traveling in the left lane of I-25 about 800 yards south of mile marker 297 when the truck was shot.
“I didn’t see any houses. There weren’t any trees,” he said.
Syracuse said two bullets hit the door. However, neither struck him or his brother-in-law Steve.
Syracuse said he believes the shots came from a field on the east side of the highway.
He said CSP troopers escorted the truck to Fort Collins.
No one else witnessed the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office is working to determine if the damage is bullet holes. The situation is currently being investigated as vandalism.
In 2015, there were six shootings along I-25 in northern Colorado.
“My mind went there. I really can’t say they’re connected. The scenario is the same,” said Syracuse.
He says his close call has given him a new appreciation for life, and he feels like a winner even if he never hits the lottery jackpot.
“I won that day. That’s absolutely right. It makes you think twice,” Syracuse said.