Oct 21, 2012 1:07 AM by Jacqui Heinrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
A shooting and car chase closed both directions of I-25 for a short time Saturday evening.
It started with a reported shooting around 7:00 PM in the parking lot of the South Pointe Shopping Center near Drennan Rd. and South Academy Blvd in Colorado Springs.
Nobody was hurt during the shooting, but some people involved left the scene in a green Honda. That car was later spotted by a State Trooper on I-25 near Monument; the Trooper followed the car until backup arrived to help in pulling the car over.
According to Colorado State Patrol, as soon as the cruiser's sirens turned on the suspect car sped up and came to a crashing stop near mile marker 174, south of Castle Rock. The driver fled on foot and is still at large.
Earlier in the evening Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo-- located in that shopping center-- was sponsoring a rap battle before the shooting happened. Witnesses say there was an intermission and more than 100 people were gathered in the parking lot when the shots were fired.
Though people were gathered for the rap contest, the shop owner and Colorado Springs Police say the shooting wasn't directly related to it. Kristina Wright, owner of Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo, told News 5, "This is not something that we condone. We never condone violence; I want people to come and have a positive good time. This is one of those places I want to open up-- not just as a business-- but as a community spot other than the negative things, the rising of crime there has been in Colorado Springs."
CSPD Sergeant Joel Kern confirmed the shop owner's claims that the rap battle was not directly related to the shooting, saying, "This could happen at any area where you have a lot of large groups, so its not particularly because of the rap battle or anything like that. You could have it at a football game, baseball game-- anyplace where a lot of people gather."
State patrol reports some injuries related to the crash, but CSPD says no one was hurt during the shooting.
Some vehicles were damaged by flying bullets; police recovered several shell casings and a car bumper at the scene.
Investigators are still working to determine how the four people arrested in Douglas County were connected to the shooting scene.