Families united through Vail shooting
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –Jim Lindley, one of the survivors of the Nov. 7 shooting at the Sandbar in West Vail, is still in the intensive care unit at the Denver Health hospital but is showing signs of progress this week, family members say.
Jim Lindley, 63, regained consciousness early Monday morning. He’s now responding to commands and appears to know who he is, family members say.
Jim Lindley’s journey to Denver wasn’t easy, and the witnesses at the scene that night who helped him likely saved his life. If it wasn’t for the two men who helped her father get out of the Sandbar that night, she’s sure he wouldn’t be alive, Lindley’s daughter said.
Jim Lindley was shot four times – twice in the abdomen, once in the right arm and one in the left elbow. His family mostly lives in California and has been traveling to Denver and back to be by his side. The mother of his daughter is with Jim Lindley this week and his brother, Richard Lindley, is scheduled to arrive today to spend time with him. His daughter is heading back to Denver next week again to be with her father.
“We’re trying to have family there all the time,” she said.
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Through the ordeal, another family has also been there for Jim Lindley since the beginning. Buck and Cindy Hamborsky and their children, Kylie Sage, 20, and Ian Sage, 22, were at the Sandbar the night of the shooting. Buck Hamborsky helped get Jim Lindley outside and to an ambulance with one other man, Cindy Hamborsky said.
The family was visiting Colorado from Pittsburgh – they were heading to the Monday Night Football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos and wanted to spend some time in Vail in the days before the game. They were staying at the Vail Marriott and went to the Sandbar to get some dinner that night, Cindy Hamborsky said.
The family was just feet away when the shooter started firing. Suspect Richard ‘Rossi’ Moreau, a longtime Vail resident, is being held at the Eagle County jail and is expected to be formally charged with first degree murder, perhaps as early as next week.
Buck and Cindy Hamborsky and their daughter, Kylie Sage, made it outside as the shootings were happening. Once out back, they didn’t see their son make it out and thought he was still inside, Cindy Hamborsky said.
“We continued to hear gun shots and we thought our son was dead,” Cindy Hamborsky said.
Buck Hamborsky went back inside to find his son and didn’t see him. When he was outside a second time, Ian Sage yelled to his father from a car he was hiding under in the parking lot – he was OK.
In the process, Buck Hamborsky did find Jim Lindley and helped get him outside, Cindy Hamborsky said. Another man helped bring Jim Lindley down a set of stairs toward the ambulance because paramedics weren’t allowed onto the scene as a suspect hadn’t yet been apprehended.
The family have remained in touch with the Lindley family, and Cindy Hamborsky said she knows the families will be friends for many years.
“For some reason (Jim Lindley) really touched us,” Cindy Hamborsky said.
The feelings are mutual. Lindley’s daughter says she is grateful that there are people like Buck Hamborsky who would risk their lives to save a stranger. There were also witnesses who brought sheets over from the Holiday Inn in West Vail to hold over Jim Lindley’s chest to try to stop the bleeding.
“They made a huge difference,” she said. “The Lindley family thanks the Vail Valley for its support and concern and we are deeply sorry for the suffering of the other victims, witnesses and especially the Kitching family.”
Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org