shooting near Jackson schools

By Rachel Stevens on February 1, 2011


Teton County schools have just been released from lockdown after a shooting in the Cottonwood Park area.

The Jackson Hole News&Guide reports that a young man was shot shortly before 2 p.m. by a man in a black hoodie sweatshirt.

The victim is in unknown condition at St. John’s Medical Center.

Shock overwhelms us, and our hearts go out to the young man shot and his loved ones.

If you see anyone that matches the description of the shooter, please call 911, as he is expected to still be armed. Do not approach.

For updates, tune in to KZJH 95.3 FM or look to the Teton County Emergency Twitter account.

Update 2/2: Latest information can be found here.

Update 2/18: Cops say Shaffer lied. Shot himself, apparently.


Posted under Crime

19 Comments so far

  1. js February 1, 2011 4:05 pm

    Can’t confirm, but I’ve heard person was shot in shoulder and suspect has been apprehended.

  2. dan February 1, 2011 4:15 pm

    suspect is still at large according to police scanner.

  3. dan February 1, 2011 4:16 pm

    he was shot once in the shoulder with a 45 caliber handgun.

  4. dan February 1, 2011 4:21 pm

    happened by lilac lane and the bike path in cottonwood.

  5. js February 1, 2011 4:56 pm

    Police dispatch says cops “still working” on apprehending suspect.

  6. Benjamin R. Bombard February 1, 2011 5:05 pm

    We’e got a lot of info on the shooting at

  7. D February 1, 2011 7:30 pm

    Damn a 45 not a good deal hope they get him.

  8. Chad February 2, 2011 10:40 am

    Can I be the first to voice skepticism? The guy shot himself. Possibly rooted in a daddy issue.

    Sorry, don’t know the kid. My apologies if this offends. Just too many weird details.

  9. jojo:1013 February 2, 2011 10:46 am

    Definitely not a random shooting. The guy sold one too many short dime bags. Dunno if ‘hearts going out’ is the right tone before you know what’s up.

  10. Brad February 2, 2011 10:46 am

    No, Chad, you are not the first. A buddy in the cop shop, without divulging details, says this whole thing does not pass the smell test. Self inflicted, though? OK, where’s the weapon? And why are they still on the hunt for the perp? I think they could wrap up a suicide attempt pretty quickly.

  11. D February 2, 2011 11:07 am

    Why would he stand outside and do it? With the snow they should know if someone ran off in the directions suggested but… something defiantly seems off?

  12. Chad February 2, 2011 11:34 am

    Who goes out for a walk to have a cig in that cold rather than staying a few feet from your door? Why call your dad and wait 30 minutes if you think you’re dying? No one else saw a masked guy running around in broad daylight?

    Gun? Dad took it and/or dumped it in route to hospital.

    The (supposed) absence of other telltale signs of self-infliction are a bit harder to explain away. For the guy’s sake, I hope this theory is wrong. For the sake of the community, I hope self-infliction is the truth of the matter. In either case, it is both pointless and irresistible to speculate.

  13. Brad February 2, 2011 11:55 am

    Yes, it is rather pointless until law enforcement is ready to talk. Which they are starting to do, as per Jim’s latest post.

  14. js February 2, 2011 12:15 pm

    Chad, Brad and the skeptics were right to doubt. The more we learned about this story, the sketchier it sounded.

    In Rachel’s defense, a wave of panic hit the community. People were in shock. All we knew, for several hours, was there had been a shooting in Cottonwood Park, and schools were on “lockdown.” It was easy to assume there was a connection between the two, owing to geographical proximity and the age of the victim.

    The fear persisted, even after students were released from school. A hooded gunman was said to be on the loose.

    I wish authorities had posted more information on the Teton EM feed, which went silent after the initial posts. A good press release did not come out until 10:16 p.m.

    My latest updates are found here:

    The police chief did not feel comfortable casting doubt on the victim’s story (about it being a random shooting) yesterday, he said, but felt surer of it today after further investigation.

  15. Brad February 2, 2011 4:49 pm

    Jim, my “pointless to speculate” remark was not aimed at Rachel (or you), but at the rest of us. Early on in this story was a most difficult time for anyone reporting it.

  16. js February 2, 2011 7:10 pm

    I hear you, Brad. I think Jojo questioned the tone. We were all a little shocked. It was so hard to believe.

  17. Anguish February 7, 2011 6:21 pm

    This is what you wrote:
    The Jackson Hole News&Guide reports that a young man was shot shortly before 2 p.m. by a man in a black hoodie sweatshirt.

    This is what the News&Guide reported:
    Law enforcement is looking for a man in a black hoodie sweatshirt following a shooting that sent a young man to St. John’s Medical Center just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

  18. Brad February 7, 2011 7:20 pm

    Fair enough, Anguish. So, if the editors there are so careful, justify the front page News & Guide photo of people handcuffed, not fitting the description, and very quickly found to have no part in the assault. Plenty of time for the NaG to come to a reasonable conclusion to not run that photo, no?

  19. joe February 8, 2011 8:25 am

    he who has the best facts gets to be the most schizoid.

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