Two men arrested in Riverside shooting incident

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of the shooting in Cherokee Meadows Monday afternoon. Photo: Bigfoot 99/Jim O’Reilly.

A young mother caring for her one-year-old infant was shot and wounded at her home near Riverside Monday, a random victim of two local men shooting long guns in a rural subdivision. A quiet summer day in Cherokee Meadows was shattered when bullets went whizzing through backyards and into homes around noon.

After rounding up the family dog and getting inside what she thought was safety, Mackenzie Rakness was struck by a bullet. The live round penetrated her family’s log cabin-style home on Juniper Street. Rakness’ mom, Sheila Kirk, who is a resident of Encampment, rushed to the scene as soon as she got a call her daughter had been shot. Bullets were still flying when she arrived, Kirk said later.

Police collect information from residents near the scene of the shooting in Cherokee Meadows Monday afternoon. Photo: Bigfoot 99/Jim O’Reilly.

Police on the scene did not have a lot to say. They were still collecting evidence and information. After things calmed down, Kirk was walking her grandson, who came through the shooting unscathed, down the shade-covered gravel street outside the home. Kirk told Bigfoot 99 that two men had been taking target practice.

The two men were shooting from a property about two blocks south from where Rakness lives. The victim was struck by a bullet after getting back inside her house. Kirk described what she experienced after arriving on the scene and finder her daughter wounded on the kitchen floor.

Police response was swift and well-organized. Multiple law enforcement agencies rushed to the area, including the Carbon County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol and Saratoga Police. An ambulance was put on standby while authorities tried to determine exactly what was happening. Police identified the location of the shooters and prevented any more damage. Carbon County Sheriff Archie Roybal said two men were detained and questioned.

On Monday evening, Sheriff Roybal told Bigfoot 99 that two arrests were made. A full list of charges is pending. Roybal identified the shooters as John Steeley and Scott Drumm. He said the investigation is ongoing, but did say at least one rifle was involved in the shooting.

 

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