Colorado Springs man wanted in shooting deaths of man, woman near pizza parlor

August 11, 2013 Updated: August 13, 2013 at 10:13 am
photo - Gary Vigil (Courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department)
Gary Vigil (Courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department) 

A man and a woman were found fatally shot in an alley between a pizza parlor and a tire business late Saturday, and police issued a warrant on Sunday for their alleged killer.

The victims were shot in an alley at 2875 E. Platte Ave., where their blood still pooled Sunday.

Gary Glen Vigil, 22, was named as the suspect by Colorado Springs police, who issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of first-degree murder, saying he was armed and dangerous.

Employees from several businesses in the Tower Plaza strip mall had pieces of the story, describing how police responded to the shootings within minutes and cordoned off the shopping area until Sunday morning.

An employee from Taqueria Las Americas, directly opposite the site of the shootings, said at least one strip mall worker had witnessed the incident and that the woman reportedly was seven months pregnant and was related to the shooter.

A server at Nancy's Lions Den, identifying herself only as Sue, told The Gazette she had seen Vigil at the bar prior to the night of the shootings.

"I noticed him around here a few times," she said.

Many workers in the strip mall were talking about the shooting, and some said the killer apparently was waiting for the woman and her companion and shot the woman in the face, point-blank.

Larry Herbert, police spokesman, would neither confirm nor deny that information about the victims, saying that the coroner had not completed the autopsies and made positive identifications. Herbert also would not confirm nor deny that the female victim was pregnant.

Police described Vigil as 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds with multiple tattoos on his chest, neck and arms.

If the El Paso County Coroner's Office rules Saturday night's deaths as homicides, they will be the 20th and 21st of 2013. There were 14 homicides in the city at this time last year.

Anyone with information can call police at444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at634-STOP.

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