Colorado Springs police are investigating the shooting of a teenager Monday night in Palmer Park.
The unidentified victim told police he was shot in the shoulder before 7:40 p.m. during an attempted robbery on the eastern edges of the park just west of the Sierra Pointe Condominiums off Rebecca Lane.
Police said the shooter had not been apprehended and is considered armed and dangerous.
The shooter was described as a man with dreadlocks and a scruffy beard. He is over 6 feet tall, in his mid-30s and with a heavy build. He was wearing a black shirt and tan cargo pants, police said.
Steve Brooks, who is the maintenance property manager at the condominiums, said he heard a "big blast" that sounded like a "large firecracker" before police arrived on the scene.
"It wasn't a .22," he said, referring to a .22-caliber weapon. "I guarantee you. I'm a hunter. It sounded more like a .44."
Brooks said the victim was in shock but talking.
"He was bleeding all over the place," he said. "The cops said, 'Go get a towel! Go get a towel!'"
Brooks said he listened to the victim give police a statement while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
"He said, 'Give me your wallet. Give me your money,'" Brooks recalled the victim saying. "He just shot him. Hit him in the upper shoulder. Luckily it wasn't any closer to his heart or he would have been dead."
Neighbor Jim Mefford said the victim is a senior at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. He said he lives at the condo complex with his uncle.
"This kid is a good kid. Straight arrow," he said. "It's just a shame, you know? You wonder why people carry guns."
Contact Daniel J. Chac? 476-1623.