Gunfire breaks out at Basalt 7-11 |

Gunfire breaks out at Basalt 7-11

Paul Conrad/The Aspen TimesBruno Kirchenwitz Wednesday wears the hat and T-shirt that may have sparked a shooting at the 7-11 in Basalt Tuesday night. An immigrant from Germany, Kirchewitz says he's not against Latinos, just illegal immigrants.

BASALT ” Five shots were fired at the counter of a 7-Eleven from outside the store at about 11:10 p.m., Tuesday, police said.

No one was hit but Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda said the clerk and the four or so customers ” which included a family with a child ” could have been killed or seriously injured.

Police want to question two Hispanic men who argued with a clerk at the convenience store at about 9:30 p.m., Ikeda said.

The men left the store, hung around outside for a short time, then departed.

The clerk the men argued with was off duty and had gone home by the time of the shooting.

Police have images of the two men from video surveillance cameras at the store, Ikeda said.

The clerk, Bruno Kirchenwitz, said the two men were angry about a hat he often wears to work. The baseball cap says, “U.S. Border Patrol.” He said he didn’t have the hat on at the time they approached him.

Ikeda stopped short of calling the incident racially charged.

“All we know is he got in a verbal dispute with two Latinos males and we believe that this may be connected to the shooting,” Ikeda said.

Basalt investigators worked with law officers from Pitkin and Eagle counties and Snowmass Village Wednesday to try to find the two men, who police said were last seen driving a small, silver, two-door sedan on Two Rivers Road toward El Jebel.

Police described one of the men as overweight and about 5-foot-8-inches tall, with “medium brown skin” and a black crew cut. The other is a bit shorter, weighs between 180 and 195 pounds, and has a shaved head and dark brown skin, police said.

No arrests had been made as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Basalt Sgt. Joe Chavira, but officers will still working numerous leads.

Though less serious, this is the second shooting in the region is as many days. On Monday night, a 20-year-old man was shot to death at the Ponderosa Lodge in Glenwood Springs.

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