Colorado – Three people are dead following a shooting spree in downtown Colorado Springs Saturday morning. Witnesses say they watched in horror as a man walked down the street with a rifle and shot three people, apparently at random. Then the gunman was killed in a shootout with police.
Police were dispatched to reports of gunfire at around 08:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. Officers were searching for a possible shooter even before the incident began, according to the El Paso Country Sheriff’s Office.
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“I looked out my kitchen window and I saw a man in a green jacket firing an AR-15…waited a few seconds, went out my house, looked to my left and saw a man down the street, probably 50 feet. I started calling him and I called the cops,” Matt Abshire told The Gazette.
While waiting for CSPD to answer, Abshire kept tailing the suspect.
“Still following him, he’s heading left on Platte towards Palmer High School…probably a hundred yards past El Paso Street, he stops, turns to his left, fires four shots, shoots two ladies, one in the jaw, one in chest if I’m not mistaken.
Abshire told The Gazette he rushed to help, but that one of the victims was already dead. Police confirmed Saturday afternoon that both were killed.
Abshire said the officers encountered the gunman a moment later.
“They encountered him at the corner of Platte and Wahsatch, where the suspect opened fire on the officers and the officers returned fire,” El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jacqueline Kirby
Police shouted for the man to drop his weapon, but instead he spun around and opened fire.
The name of the suspect is unknown, or has not been released, nor have the names of the victims. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will conduct the investigation into the actions of the officers, and Colorado Springs Police will investigate the shooting deaths of the three citizens.
Matt Abshire, the man who followed the suspect while trying to reach police, took a huge risk in following him. As he was being interviewed, he mentioned that there was a lot of blood…a sight which will likely stick in his mind for a long time.
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