Witnesses: 22-year-old shot at Colorado Springs skate park after argument over girl

November 26, 2013 Updated: November 27, 2013 at 5:31 am
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Police taped off the skate park at Memorial Hospital to investigate a shooting Tuesday night. (Mark Reis/The Gazette)

An argument over a girl ended in gunfire Tuesday afternoon at the Memorial Park Skateboard Park, leaving a 22-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition.

The shooter fled and no arrests had been made Tuesday evening; the shooting happened around 4:15 p.m. at the park at the corner of Union Boulevard and Pikes Peak Avenue.

The victim was talking to someone when another man asked "are you talking to my girl?" said Breanna Hemphill, 19, who was there. The man then began chasing the 22-year-old with a skateboard before leaving the park.

Twenty minutes later, he returned - this time with a friend who came armed with a gun, Hemphill said.

"The guy sees the gun and he's like 'Oh no, I don't want any problems," Hemphill recalled hearing moments before the shooting. "... He was going to shoot him twice, but the guy ran off, the victim ran off too fast."

Added 18-year-old Liam Weisbrodt: "Pulled it right out of his pocket and just, 'bang.'"

Officers found the victim across the street after receiving a call from a nearby business, police said. He underwent surgery at Memorial Hospital and was listed in critical condition two hours after the shooting.

Officers received similar accounts of the story from witnesses at the scene, said Colorado Springs police Sgt. Mark DeVorss.

Investigators found surveillance video of the park from the time of the shooting. No suspect information was released Tuesday night.

About two hours after the shooting, a woman pulled up and asked officers if they had seen her son. She told them that she was supposed to meet him at a nearby Burger King at 6 p.m., but he never showed.

DeVorss walked up and asked if she knew her son was hospitalized. She said no.

"Michael got in some kind of altercation with somebody here; we don't know who," DeVorss said. "He got shot in the stomach."

With that news, she began running to her pickup.

"Hold on, hold on. Come here, come here," DeVorss said. "He's stable at this point."

As the officer continued talking, she stood before him and wept.

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