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Police puzzled over shot car

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By John Colson

Sopris Sun Correspondent

Carbondale police are puzzling over a Jan. 14 incident in which someone, or perhaps more than one person, shot 10 holes into a parked car on Capitol Avenue between 3rd and 2nd streets, just north of the Third Street Center.

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No one was injured, other than the car, police reported.

The incident happened at about 2 a.m., according to police, and was heard by several nearby residents, although police did not officially learn of the shooting until about 10:30 a.m., that morning.

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“People heard the shots, but no one called us,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling on Jan. 19.

He said the gun involved is believed to have been a large-caliber pistol, although he added that he was unsure whether there was one gun used, or more than one.

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He also said police are unsure whether the assailant was on foot or in a vehicle, noting that snow fell that night and obscured whatever signs there might have been left on the ground after the incident.

None of the shots hit any nearby homes, Schilling said, and the neighbors interviewed by police did not indicate they had been in fear of being shot.

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The car, a dark colored sedan, had been parked at the spot four days earlier, according to information police got from its owner. The owner reportedly told the police that the car was in operational condition when he parked it.

“He gave us no ideas as to who might do it,” Schilling said of the interview with the car’s owner.

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The last reported gunfire in town, Schilling said, happened about “six to eight years ago” along Barber Drive, when the accidental discharge of a .22 caliber weapon left one man dead. Schilling said the shooter, whose name he could not recall, was convicted in Ninth Judicial District court and sentenced to prison.

“It’s unusual,” Schilling said of the car shooting. “It’s just a weird thing that something like this would happen in town.”

The matter remains under investigation.

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