Greeley death highlights deadly combination of guns, road rage – The Coloradoan


Alberto Ruiz was shot while driving in Greeley in late April. Alicia Stice

Greeley Police have released this image of a truck they think could have been involved in the shooting death of Alberto Ruiz in Greeley. The image did not capture a license plate number.(Photo: Courtesy of the Greeley Police Department)

In the nights since their father was shot to death on a busy Greeley street, Alberto Ruiz’s children have cried themselves to sleep, waiting for their father to come home.

Ruiz, known to his friends and family as Beto, was shot and killed in broad daylight while driving down a bustling 29th Street in what police believe was a violent case of road rage. And while police look for leads in this case — his suspected killer has not been arrested  — more motorists are worried about the dangers of road rage, especially when a driver flashes a gun.  

Although law enforcement does not specifically track road rage cases in which someone is shot or brandishes a gun, experts believe that a rising number of road rage cases involve firearms. 

“This has been something of a record year for drivers brandishing firearms as part of road rage,” AAA spokesman Skyler McKinley said. 

In Colorado, the number of road rage cases involving guns is on pace to exceed last year’s total, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a group that uses police and media reports to track gun violence. The group counted 14 road rage cases involving firearms last year. This year the organization has recorded eight, including the one that left Ruiz dead in Greeley in late April.

Nationally, the group has tracked a more dramatic increase.

McKinley said

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