1 dead, 3 injured in Vail bar shooting
Vail police say they have a suspect in custody
November 7, 2009
Vail — One person is dead and two people have been injured in a shooting Saturday night at the Sandbar in West Vail, Vail Police Chief Dwight Henniger said.
The town of Vail has identified the suspect as Richard Moreau, 63, of Vail. Moreau is being held in the town of Vail’s jail.
Neither the identity of the person killed nor the names of the injured have been released. But police said one of the injured had been released from the hospital Saturday night.
Police received the emergency call around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Witnesses said a man was being escorted out of the bar when he fired several shots. He then re-entered the bar and fired several more, witnesses said.
Witnesses reported hearing about 10 shots total.
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Henniger said police do not know what the motive in the shooting is.
Nancy Lewis, of Vail, who was sitting with her husband, Richard, in the bar, said she saw a man being escorted out of the bar and speaking incoherently.
“He stepped back back and pulled the gun out,” she said. “The first shot hit (someone) in the arm. We ran out the back but other people were stuck inside.”
Richard Lewis said he thinks the gun was an automatic pistol.
Witnesses had gathered at McDonald’s and in front of Safeway on Saturday night.
Any witnesses to the shooting are asked to call Vail police at 479-2201.