Officials are investigating a shooting that took place southeast of downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday. At least one victim was found shot in the stomach and taken to the hospital. During early reports of the story, the victim’s condition was not immediately available; in addition, officials have not released information concerning the shooting suspect, meaning that it is unknown if the shooting was self-inflicted or if the shooting suspect is still at large.
According to KKTV, police were searching the area near East Las Vegas and Royer Street, just northeast of I-25 and Nevada, near local railroad tracks.
As mentioned above, information concerning the shooter has not been made available by officials, making it unknown if the shooting was self-inflicted or if the shooter is still at large.
The victim did not know the suspect
According to KKTV, an anonymous friend of the victim issued the following account of what happened, explaining that the seriousness of the situation was not immediately known:
“He’s kinda like a jokester; he likes to joke a lot. So he comes up to the tent and said, ‘I’m shot,’ and we were like, ‘Yeah right,’ and he said ‘No, I’m serious,’ and he moved his hand and there was blood everywhere.”
At this time, the victim has not been identified; he is expected to survive his injuries, although his injuries required surgery.
The suspect has been described as a Hispanic man with a beard standing about 6 feet tall; the shooting may have been sparked after the suspect and the victim fought over a bike.
At this time, there is speculation that he is homeless, as the shooting took place near a homeless camp where the victim lived, but this is unconfirmed at this time. In addition, neither the victim or the people who lived in the nearby camp said that they knew or recognized the suspect.