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Shooter unloads 150 rounds at rocks in Garden of the Gods, police say

By: jesse byrnes jesse.byrnes@gazette.com
June 3, 2013 Updated: June 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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photo - Pikes Peak stands tall over the bright red rocks of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette file)
Pikes Peak stands tall over the bright red rocks of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette file) 

Colorado Springs police officers reported nearly being struck by gunfire while looking for a man who police said was firing off rounds into rock formations in Garden of the Gods early Monday morning.

Brandon Bougades, 31, was cited on suspicion of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, police said.

Officers first responded to the area around 3 a.m. to investigate a report of shots fired. Police left the park when they couldn't find anyone firing shots.

Nearly an hour later, officers were dispatched again to the area on multiple reports of gunfire. Officers said they heard 100-150 rounds being fired from the south side of the park.

Police said Bougades shot at two rock formations with a semi-automatic handgun and a pump-action shotgun. Officers said they were nearly struck by several of the rounds, which were ricocheting off rocks.

Officers searched the park and found about 150 shell casings. Bougades was taken into custody without incident, cited and released.

There were no reports of injuries or damages, police said.

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