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Mother shot to death after argument

Nicole Frey

EAGLE COUNTY – One woman is dead and two men are injured after two unrelated shootings Friday night, according to Capt. Bill Kaufman from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Maria Madrid, 38, of Gypsum was shot and killed while fleeing a campsite on Coffee Pot Road in Dotsero with her husband and 14-year-old son, officials said. When an argument between the family and another man sharing the campsite broke out, and the family retreated to their pickup truck “just to get some space,” Kaufman said.

“At that time, the man reached into his shirt, pulled out a handgun and began shooting at the vehicle,” Kaufman said.

According to Kaufman, Madrid’s husband put their truck into reverse as the truck’s windows were shot apart and drove to the closest residence to call for help. He was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs where he was treated for minor gun shot wounds and released, Kaufman said. The boy was not injured.

The second shooting was a drive-by reported in Gypsum when a 19-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. The victim and another man had been standing on the side of a road as a gray car passed them, turned around and then drove toward them again, Kaufman said. Never seeing the suspect, the men watched as a handgun appeared in the window of the car and fired. Police don’t know if the shooting was gang-related and declined to speculate on a motive.

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According to authorities, the victim was transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center in the victim’s companion’s vehicle where doctors determined he should be transported to a Denver hospital via a Flight For Life helicopter.

“He underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery,” Kaufman said.

After the first shooting, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit searched the campsite. With the help of the Colorado State Patrol, authorities recovered what might be the suspect’s abandoned vehicle, a pickup truck with a camper in the bed, in the Burns area, officials said.

“The vehicle was brought to the sheriff’s office where they went through it for evidence,” Kaufman said. “They want to match what they found at the campsite with (what they found) in the truck.”

However, police said they have not yet found a suspect, who is said to be a 30 to 45 year old white man, about 6-feet tall and 195 pounds with blondish, brown hair and a mustache wearing a checkered jacket. Police warn the suspect has a handgun and is considered dangerous. People should call 911 if they think they see him.

“If he’s willing to shoot someone over a verbal disagreement, who knows what he could do,” Kaufman said. “He has a handgun, and we can assume he has more. Please do not try to apprehend him on your own.”

Although the shootings happened on the same night, Kaufman said “they are definitely two separate cases.” The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation of both cases.

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Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or

Vail, Colorado

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