Friends of a mother and two boys shot in a June 14 road rage incident have created an online fundraiser to help the family. Westminster Police arrested and charged Jeremy Webster, 23, of Colorado …
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Friends of a mother and two boys shot in a June 14 road rage incident have created an online fundraiser to help the family.
Westminster Police arrested and charged Jeremy Webster, 23, of Colorado Springs in the shooting of a Meghan Bigelow and two of her sons as well as John Gale outside of an 80th Avenue dentist office June 14.
One of the boys, a 13-year-old Vaughn Bigelow Jr., died.
Webster was booked into Adams County Sheriff’s Detention Facility at 1:39 a.m. June 15 on charges of first-degree murder with deliberation, first-degree murder with extreme indifference, first-degree assault and criminal intent to commit a class-one felony.
Webster was formally charged at June 21 to hearing and is due back in court July 17.
According to Westminster Police, Bigelow’s family have declined to be interviewed by the media or release photographs and asked the media and the public to “Please respect our family’s privacy in these troubling times.”
Family and friends have created an online fundraiser on GoFundMe.com for the family: https://www.gofundme.com/official-bigelow-family . According to that site, she is Meghan Bigelow of Broomfield.
As of June 22, 2,302 people had donated more than $180,000 to the family, just short of the $200,000 goal.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incident between Webster and Bigelow and Bigelow’s three sons began on Sheridan Boulevard near Turnpike Drive.
The two were involved in some sort of road rage incident and Webster allegedly followed the woman to 5150 80th Ave., the Cedarwood Square Office Complex. The building is home to medical and dental offices, insurance agencies and other offices.
There, the two got into an argument. Webster pulled out a handgun and shot Bigelow several times, before shooting two of her sons, 8-year-old Asa and 13-year old Vaughn Jr., the affidavit says.
Her 12-year-old son was able to run away when the shooting began.
According to witnesses, Webster appeared to return to his vehicle, then stopped, walked back to the wounded 13-year-old Vaughn lying on the ground and shot him again.
He then made eye contact with 40-year-old John Gale of Arvada, who was sitting in a truck nearby, the affidavit said. Webster began walking toward the truck, firing his handgun, before Gale was able to reverse his truck and escape the parking lot.
According to the affidavit, Webster then got into his black Toyota Corolla and drove away, leaving behind several witnesses.
Police were called to the scene at 3:05 p.m. and they closed the busy 80th Avenue just as rush hour was beginning road while they searched for the suspect. Two lanes of Sheridan Boulevard, one northbound, one southbound, were also closed during the investigation and reopened later in the night.
According to Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke, Gale is expected to survive his injuries. Meghan Bigelow and eight-year-old Asa both sustained serious injuries and were still in critical condition as of June 19, according to police.
Bigelow’s 12-year-old son, who escaped into the dentist’s office, told police that this mother had taken a cell phone photograph of her shooters’ license plate.
Police said they used that plate information to identify Webster and put Colorado police and local media on the lookout for his car.
Police across the Denver area were on alert, looking for Webster and his vehicle. He was spotted driving south on Interstate 25 and he was pulled over and taken into custody in Castle Rock just after 6 p.m.
According to the affidavit, Webster admitted to shooting the woman and her children using a Glock 19 handgun, which he had hidden in the trunk of his car.
Webster told police he has mental health issues and had just started a new kind of medication, which he had left in his Colorado Springs residence.
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