A man was shot to death Monday night at a business east of downtown Colorado Springs, less than a quarter mile from last week's shooting that injured two.
Police say the man was dead when they arrived at 9:56 p.m. at 2231 E. Platte Ave. They are investigating it as the city's 25th homicide. At this time last year, the city had 17 homicides.
No suspects have been identified.
Tuesday morning, crime scene tape surrounded the Platte storefront, but it is unclear what the business is. A sign hanging above the entrance was painted over with red, but appeared to read "Sales and Service" and "COMPUTER."
Behind partially blacked-out windows, a mixture of items was visible: couches, large exercise equipment, deflated foil balloons, lizard tanks and live parakeets flitting around their cages.
Employees at surrounding stores could not identify the business. The address previously has been home to Party Time Boutique, Jim's General Store and Dr. Reefer, a medical marijuana dispensary, records show.
Last week, two men were shot across the street in the parking lot of the Family Dollar at 2325 E. Boulder St. No arrests have been announced in that case, but police said they were looking for a silver sedan.
Platte Furniture employee Josh Oglesby said store personnel heard gunshots Thursday and saw a police cruiser rush by toward the Family Dollar.
At the same time, he said, he saw a man in a red, hooded sweatshirt with a red bandana over his face sprint from Boulder Street through the alleyway between Milt's Coffee Shop and Club History. He said the man was carrying a brown backpack and ran east on Platte.
"About eight people were telling police, 'There's a guy running, not stopping, pushing people out of the way,'" Oglesby said.
Considering that Monday's shooting was the fourth in five days - a pair of triple shootings also were reported Sunday - with no arrests, Oglesby said he worries about being on the streets, even for Halloween festivities.
"I'm taking my daughter trick-or-treating tonight, and it's kind of unsettling knowing that nothing has been resolved (with the shootings)," said Oglesby, who lives nearby. "I'll have to keep my guard up, and we'll probably be hopping in and out of the car as opposed to walking."
Police Lt. Howard Black acknowledges the busy week but said detectives are working around the clock, even sleeping in shifts, in an effort to put the culprits behind bars. Though the office has not identified suspects, he said, "none of these cases are dormant in any way."
"We have the resources to cover this," Black said.
Anyone with information regarding the shootings is asked to call police at 719-444-7000 or, to remain anonymous, Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867 or 1-800-222-8477.