Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gunman among four killed in Colorado Springs shooting spree

Four people have died following the shooting
Four people have died following the shooting

Four people including the suspected gunman have died following a shooting spree in Colorado Springs.

Lieutenant Catherine Buckley said police were responding to a report of shots being fired on Saturday morning when they spotted a suspect matching the description of the person they were trying to find. She said the suspect opened fire, and officers fired back.

Lt Buckley said the crime scene covered several major streets in the centre of the city. Those streets have been shut down while investigators try to figure out what happened. No details were available about the other victims or how they died.

Lt Buckley said the investigation into the police shooting has been turned over to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said there are at least three crime scenes.

Witnesses described the chaos as the suspect went down the street with a rifle.

Matt Abshire, 21, told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he looked outside his apartment window and saw a man shoot someone with a rifle. Mr Abshire said he ran to the street and followed the man and called police.

The man suddenly turned and fired more shots, hitting two women, Mr Abshire said. Their names and conditions were not available.

Alisha Jaynes told KKTV-TV 11 News that she was at a cash machine when she saw a man with a gun walking calmly down the street.

"They yelled 'Put the gun down', and he turned around, and that's when they shot at him a good 20 times," she said. "There was a lot of gunfire."

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