An argument at a southern Colorado Springs gas station Sunday afternoon led to gunfire through a neighborhood that left two people hurt, police said.
Officer Tyler Walker said the gas station incident carried into the nearby Roy P. Benavidez Park and then the apartments off Afternoon Circle. Police got several 9-1-1 calls when the bullets started flying around 3 p.m.
Witnesses said so many gunshots were fired that it sounded like firecrackers going off. One man was shot in the arm and another suffered multiple gunshot wounds, witnesses said. Police confirmed that there were two victims taken by ambulance to hospitals. As of Sunday evening, one man was in critical condition and the other’s condition was unknown.
A female resident, who asked to remain anonymous for her safety, witnessed as two men shot at one of the victims who was laying on the ground.
“I yelled at them to stop and said I was calling the cops,” the witness said. “They got into a minivan and drove away.”
Detectives were assessing a massive crime scene that stretched from the apartments on the corner with Cancun Court and Zamora Circle to the park. Vehicles were damaged in the shootout and shell casings were found over a wide area.
According to a press release, authorities are searching for two males, 20-30 years of age, and a suspect vehicle described as a maroon minivan with shiny paint, possible a Dodge make.
The shooting was about a mile away from an overnight killing at a bar near in the intersection of South Circle Drive and Airport Road. Police said they knew of no linkage between the incidents.
Anyone with information about this case should call (719) 444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at (719) 634-STOP (7867).