Man, 20, is Colorado Springs' 4th homicide victim in 2014

By: Tom Roeder and Jesse Byrnes, The Gazette
February 15, 2014 Updated: February 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Colorado Springs police had few leads in an early Saturday shooting in southeastern Colorado Springs that left a 20-year-old man dead.

The city’s fourth homicide of 2014 was discovered by officers investigating a report of gunfire on the 2800 block of Airport Road, about a block east of Valley Hi Golf Course. Officers say Devante Hill, 20, was found bleeding. He died at a hospital.

“No persons of interest have been identified and the investigation ongoing,” police said in a brief news release.

Police say Hill lived in Colorado Springs, but they released few other details in the case, which was being investigated by the department’s Violent Crimes Unit.

A stretch of Airport Road from Circle Drive to Jewel Street was closed for several hours by investigators.

An autopsy Saturday confirmed Hill’s identity, and the coroner ruled the death a homicide by gunfire.

Saturday’s killing is the latest in a string of violence to strike the neighborhood, which police have said is a battleground for gangs.

In April, one person was killed and two injured by gunfire at a tavern two blocks from Saturday’s scene. Just to the east is the site where a man was gunned down outside an apartment in July, and another July shooting injured two at Airport and Circle.

Homes a block from the shooting were sprayed with gunfire in a November incident that police described as a drive-by. In November, a man was shot and wounded on Airport Drive in the same block as Saturday’s killing.

“We’re getting used to it,” said Charlie Smith, who has lived in the area for several years.

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