Armed Man Killed Himself Rather Than Attack At Amusement Park

( – A young man recently took his life at a Colorado amusement park while the property was closed. His death was a tragedy in itself, but the scene could have been much worse. Police found the man with an arsenal of deadly weapons, leading them to conclude the person may have contemplated mass murder but opted instead to kill himself.

Gruesome Discovery

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario shared multiple press releases on the discovery and ensuing investigation. Police, according to the most recent account, received a call that someone had discovered the remains of a young male at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on October 28.

Authorities found the individual in black tactical clothing with patches imitating those worn by law enforcement. He was reportedly well armed, carrying a rifle and handgun — both semi-automatic — and plenty of ammunition for both. He also had homemade explosives both on his person and in his car. Vallario’s press release indicates that the man was 22 years old, but NBC News identifies him as 20-year-old Diego Barajas Medina.

Motives Unclear

The deceased man’s older brother, David Barajas Medina, told NBC that the two shared an apartment with their mother, but the younger sibling hadn’t held a job for about a year and had been selling items on Amazon in attempts to pay his share of the rent. The potential gunman had been depressed, his brother noted, who added that he was surprised to learn about the possible attack and had no idea what Diego might have been planning. Family and friends alike described the young man as quiet, but kind, although he also often isolated himself from others.

CBS News reports that the subject had no criminal history, not even a speeding ticket, and he collected his arsenal without anyone taking notice. Among the many concerns is the fact that the two firearms Medina carried were both ghost guns, untraceable versions of each weapon that people can make at home using 3D printers or building kits.

Police are still struggling to piece together a motive. They reportedly found writing on the wall beside Medina, although they haven’t yet confirmed he wrote the message. It states, “I am not a killer,” adding, “I just wanted to get into the caves.”

Authorities did a thorough sweep of the property to ensure the subject didn’t leave behind any booby traps. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is scheduled to reopen on November 10.

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