Suspect taken into custody in connection to Grand Junction party shooting that left one dead

Photo captured at the scene of the shooting
Photo captured at the scene of the shooting(Photo by David Jones)
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 11:47 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 4:52 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Police released on Wednesday that they have arrested the suspect who allegedly killed one and wounded several others at a party in Grand Junction on Feb. 19.

Israel Isaiah Maestas-Reza, 18, has been remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility and is facing first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and several other charges (full charges can be seen below).

The shooting occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of Teller Ave, where a large party was being held. Our crew who was on scene says that most of the party-goers were college-aged individuals.

Grand Junction Police say they responded immediately after the first calls of shots fired came in. Police say the reporting party stated that unknown suspects fired shots into the house and several victims were injured.

Upon arrival, police say multiple adult victims were located in the house with apparent gunshot wounds, with injuries ranging in severity. Three victims were transported to the hospital for medical treatment, and one victim was confirmed dead at the scene.

On Monday morning, the Mesa County Coroner identified the deceased victim as 22-year-old Jared Martinez, who they say was shot in the back.

Police also say that the suspect was no longer on scene when they arrived.

Israel Isaiah Maestas-Reza is facing the following charges:

  • Murder in the first degree (F1)
  • Murder in the second degree (F2)
  • Attempted murder in the first degree (F1)
  • Attempted murder in the second degree (F2)
  • Illegal discharge of a firearm (F5)
  • Tampering with a witness or victim (F4)
  • Attempt to influence a public servant (F4)
  • Possession of weapons by previous offender (F5)

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