Brian Mahon, 49, general manager at Colorado's Eldora Mountain Resort, was shot and killed yesterday (Dec. 30) after a random shooting at the Front Range resort. The resort closed for the day.
The Boulder County Coroner's Office has identified the man who killed Mahon. Lift Attendant Derik A. Bonestroo, 24, of Nederland, Colo., walked into an employee meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, shouted something about religion, then fired his gun into the ceiling.
When Mahon walked in to ask about the commotion, Bonestroo reportedly turned the gun on him and fired twice. Ski patrollers were immediately on the scene, but couldn't save Mahon.
Bonestroo fled the scene with a Boulder County deputy sheriff on his tail. According to the Daily Camera newspaper, after a brief chase, the suspect stopped his car and fired on the deputy, who returned fire, killing the suspect.
Mahon was widely liked and respected. He had been a manager at Eldora since 1991.
"All of our thoughts and prayers go out to Brian and his family," said marketing director Rob Linde. Eldora plans to reopen today (Dec. 31).
A message on Eldora's Web site said: "Having spent the day in shock, the employees of Eldora have decided the best thing to do to memorialize Brian is to open the ski area tomorrow with the slopes groomed 'Brian' perfect."