3 shootings leave 4 dead in Colorado Springs last night

On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Violent Crimes on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Anytime Colorado Springs is in the national news, we hope it is for recognition of something good. Unfortunately, this is not the case today following a night of violent crime in the city that has left 4 dead and three injured.

The first shooting left one person dead and another wounded at an AutoZone store in the eastern part of the city around 8 p.m., The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. One person was found dead in the store’s parking lot and a second person found inside of the store suffered a gunshot wound, police said. As of early this morning, an arrest had not yet been made.

The second shooting occurred at about 10:20 p.m. in northeast Colorado Springs on Mira Loma Circle. Colorado Springs police said that they arrived at the scene and discovered two men dead and another person seriously injured after being shot. The third person died in an ambulance en route to the hospital, The Gazette reported.

As of this morning, no suspects had been arrested in the second shooting.

The third shooting occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. when three police officers opened fire on a 21-year-old man in the parking lot of Camelot Apartments in southeast Colorado Springs.

The Gazette reported that a disturbance had been reported and when officers arrived, they saw the man holding a handgun. He allegedly ran, and after officers tried unsuccessfully to stop him, they shot the man, who was taken to a local hospital and is believed to be alive.

The last shooting will likely be reviewed by the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which will determine if the shooting was justified or not.

Colorado Springs police said that only the most important calls for emergency assistance could be responded to last night, as the three separate shootings had law enforcement officers extremely busy. Police announced on Twitter late last night that only “Priority One” calls would be taken.

After violence like this, law enforcement officials and the public desperately seek justice. However, as always, it’s important that anyone accused is afforded the rights guaranteed by our Constitution. Justice, in order to be served, must be served rightly.

Source: The Colorado Springs Gazette, “Four dead, 2 injured in 3 shootings in Springs late Wednesday,” Jakob Rodgers, Ryan Maye Handy, 7/28/2011.