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Random Shots Fired Near Park Facilities, USFS Campground

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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A visitor camping at the Forest Service’s Upper Scorpion campground, located near the park, contacted park staff late on the evening of Friday, July 25th, and reported that shots had been fired in the area. The visitor said that a van had gone past the campground to the parking areas for the cliff dwellings and the West Fork trail into the Gila Wilderness and that a number of gunshots had been heard shortly thereafter. Since no Forest Service LE personnel were on duty that evening, a Grant County deputy was eventually dispatched to investigate. The deputy arrived about 90 minutes later and found no vehicle matching the description there or in nearby campgrounds and trailheads. A check early Saturday morning revealed no damage to any buildings or vehicles parked at the trailhead, but park staff recovered about 15 spent .22 caliber casings scattered around the parking areas. Interviews with other visitors indicated that persons in the vehicle also fired from the vehicle while it was driving in a least two other locations between the park visitor center and the cliff dwellings, though again no damage was observed.



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