Apr 7, 2013 11:49 PM by Tony Spehar - firstname.lastname@example.org
Two men were shot on Sunday afternoon in Roy P. Benavidez Park at 975 Afternoon Circle after a disturbance, one of the men is in critical condition.
Police say the two victims were involved in some sort of disturbance with some other men at the Kwik Mart on Chelton Road at around 3 p.m. and fled through the nearby Western Terrace apartment complex. Witnesses told News 5 when the two tried to run across the park behind the complex a maroon van pulled up and then two gunmen jumped out and opened fire.
"I'd say 15 to 20 (shots), I was surprised because I've never heard that many, I thought it was a firecracker because it just kept going and going," described Peter Rome, who heard the gunfire from his home nearby. "Over a span of like 20, 30-seconds I just heard multiple gunshots, right after that I heard people screaming."
Dozens of people, including off-duty military members, ran from the Western Terrace Apartments to help the two men until medics arrived. It appeared many of them applied bandages and tourniquets to the men before emergency responders reached the scene.
"Both of the individuals were transported to a local hospital, one of them is in critical condition," explained Larry Herbert with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The two suspects jumped back into their van and fled before police arrived.
"We are considering them armed and dangerous at this time," Herbert said.
Dozens of witnesses saw the shooting from their homes, many living in the area expressed disbelief that a violent shooting could take place in broad daylight at a children's park.
"There's a park here, you know kids are out here playing all the time," explained Peter Rome. "Makes you stop and think about who lives around here and what's going on."
Police described the suspects as two black males between the ages of 20 and 30. They were driving a maroon minivan, possibly a dodge, with shiny paint.
Anyone with information is asked to call Colorado Springs Police at 719.444.7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719.634.7867.