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Video: Witness describes police shooting of Colorado Springs gunman

By: The Gazette
November 1, 2015 Updated: November 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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photo - The rear window of a Colorado Springs Police car is shattered by gun fire in front of the Wendy's restaurant on Wahsatch Avenue in Colorado Springs as police investigate the one of the scenes from a shooting rampage that left three victims dead Saturday morning, Oct. 31, 2015, in Colorado Springs. The shooting began on Prospect Street near Platte Avenue and ended at Wahsatch and Platte avenues where police exchanged gun fire, killing the suspected shooter. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The rear window of a Colorado Springs Police car is shattered by gun fire in front of the Wendy's restaurant on Wahsatch Avenue in Colorado Springs as police investigate the one of the scenes from a shooting rampage that left three victims dead Saturday morning, Oct. 31, 2015, in Colorado Springs. The shooting began on Prospect Street near Platte Avenue and ended at Wahsatch and Platte avenues where police exchanged gun fire, killing the suspected shooter. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

Witnesses on Saturday described a horrifying scene on the streets east of downtown Colorado Springs, where a gunman armed with a rifle killed three people before being fatally shot by police.

The suspect and victims have not been identified, and police are looking for a motive.

Aaron Nicks, who said he lives on the east side of Wahsatch, told reporters that he was taking his dog out around 9 a.m. when he saw police shoot the suspect.

Nicks said police fired several times before the man fell to the ground. Police quickly attended to the suspect and loaded him into a vehicle, Nicks said.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a gunshot victim about 8:45 a.m. at 230 N. Prospect, where firefighters also extinguished a small fire. Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald said he thought the gunshot victim was related to the shots-fired report.

Law enforcement officials investigated multiple crime scenes into the evening, and roads were closed into the late evening. Police escorted residents of Prospect until it was reopened about 9:45 p.m. The intersection at Wahsatch and Platte was reopened about 5:30 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office has asked that anyone in the area of Platte and Wahsatch who may have had damage to their home or vehicle related to the shootings between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Saturday call 390-5555.

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