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CSPD: Juvenile shot passenger in other vehicle, causing crash

Suspect arrested 7 hours after incident

Police arrest suspect in Thursday...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police have arrested a juvenile male for shooting someone riding in another vehicle, which caused a crash in the area of Academy Boulevard and Half Turn Road. 

At just before 3:30 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to a shooting.  When they arrived at the scene, they found three people involved in the crash.  One had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital.  According to an earlier report, a second person was cut by a shattered windshield or window.

After talking to the people involved, police determined that the altercation started with two separate groups of people getting into an argument at the 7 Eleven near the intersection of Barnes Road and Austin Bluffs Parkway.

One of the groups left the area and was turning south onto Academy Boulevard when the second group pulled up alongside them.  The juvenile in the second vehicle pulled out a handgun and fired, which hit a passenger in the first vehicle.

One bullet went through a room at the nearby Sonesta ES Suites and hit someone inside.  That person was also taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The driver of the first vehicle lost control and crashed into a sign at the intersection of Academy and Half Turn. 

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Police took the suspect into custody on an unrelated warrant in the area of 1600 S. Cascade Ave at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, after a short foot pursuit with officers.

"Evidence was spread over a significant distance because the vehicles were moving," said police Sgt. Mike Singels.  "That's why we had to close that area for several hours.  We have to make sure we find it all."

The crime scene is surrounded by several apartment complexes.  Several residents said they heard the gunfire.

"I was going to look out my window, but I stopped because I didn't want anyone to shoot me," said Juanita Whitaker, a neighbor.  "So I sort of took cover."

Another neighbor, Doug Debow, said people in the neighborhood are concerned about what seems to be rising crime and violence.

"I'm looking to move," he said.  "I have a young child.  Having a shooting this close to home is pretty shocking." 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.


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