Although no bullets hit a woman and a minor when an unknown party opened fire on their vehicle Tuesday night, authorities said the shooting appeared to have been methodical.
“The victims were very, very lucky they were not seriously wounded or killed in this incident,” Montrose County Sheriff Gene Lillard said Wednesday. “The car was hit multiple times with (bullets from) what we’re figuring is a larger caliber weapon.”
The shots rang out at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, as the woman drove north down U.S. 50 between Amber and Carnation roads outside of Olathe.
Lillard said it appears as though a passenger in the suspect car put down his or her window and opened fire from that vehicle, also traveling north. As of Wednesday evening, the only available description was a white sedan.
“We think the passenger that was in the white sedan was the actual shooter, because the shots were well-placed as they were driving down U.S. 50,” the sheriff said.
Shattering glass struck and injured the woman; the minor was unharmed, Lillard said. She kept driving while calling 911, ultimately meeting up with authorities in the 900 block of Main Street in Delta.
The MCSO is not releasing information as to whether the victim might know someone who wanted to harm her.
“We’re not at liberty to say whether it was a random shooting or whether they were targeted. We’re working all avenues and looking at leads that we hope will be coming in,” Lillard said.
“ … We’re very concerned about it. It’s very alarming to us.”
People with tips should call the MCSO at 970-252-4023 or dispatch at 970-249-9110. Anonymous tips may be made to the Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers line at 970-249-8500, or via the P3Tips mobile app.
Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.