A man is in critical condition and a woman was detained by Colorado Springs police after a shooting Tuesday at a homeless camp near the Martin Luther King Jr. Bypass to U.S. 24 and Interstate 25.
The incident was reported about 9:30 a.m., said police spokesman Lt. Howard Black. Police found the man inside a camp tent with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
It is not clear if the man and woman knew each other or if they were living at the camp, Black said.
In August, a 23-year-old man was found with two gunshots wounds at a homeless camp near Royer and Las Vegas streets. Two people were arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.
Despite these incidences, “violence at this level, if that’s what it turns out to be,” is uncommon, Black said.
Kristy Milligan, CEO of Westside Cares, agreed, saying she rarely, if ever, sees violence at the camps.
“I’ve never personally witnessed any challenging behavior, and, in working directly with people that live in the camps, my experience is they are doing anything they can just to survive. They don’t have time or energy to focus on other things.”
She continued, “People experiencing poverty at all levels have a sense that is stronger than the rest of us that we all do better when we all do better. So there is a lot of sharing of resources and generosity in that community. That’s more a characterization of the camps that I’d give than one of violence.”
Police and medical emergency vehicles blocked lanes of the MLK Bypass at I-25 for more than two hours Tuesday morning.