GJ Desert party shooting suspect charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder

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GRAND JUNCTION– A party in the desert this month results in an attempted 2nd-degree murder charge.

Three people claim to have had guns pointed at their heads that night, and fired on as they tried to flee.

Wednesday morning, Angel Rodriguez-Archuleta was informed he’s facing an 8 count complaint including attempted 2nd-degree murder, 2 counts of assault in the first degree, and 3 other felonies.

He appeared with two defense attorneys, and his family was seen talking with a third lawyer in the halls of the Mesa County Justice Center.

The defense requested a preliminary hearing and will be back in court on November 22nd.

This all stems from an overnight party in the desert at an area referred to as “the bowl” and “the dam”.

Witnesses say Rodriguez-Archuleta was firing a gun into the air, which upset one of the victims who confronted the suspect.

After the victim asked Rodriguez-Archuleta to stop, he claims he was punched and then the suspect pointed a gun in his face.

This is just one of three people witnesses say had a 9-millimeter pistol pointed at them during the party.

When 2 victims attempted to flee in a truck, witnesses say Rodriguez-Archuleta used a 30-30 rifle to open fire on the victims.

The car was hit in the driver’s side mirror, and luckily no one was injured during this incident.

Rodriguez-Archuleta says this was in self-defense because he believed one of the victim’s pistol-whipped his cousin.

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