Apr 8, 2013 8:09 PM by Matt Stafford

Quick response from local military members to park shooting

The two men shot in a Colorado Springs park Sunday are still alive. Police say one of them is still in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. They didn't provide any further updates.

CSPD is looking for two suspects; two black men, possibly in their 20s. The men may be driving a maroon mini van, maybe a Dodge, with shinny paint.

The shooting was at Roy Benavidez Park, on Afternoon Circle which is close to E. Fountain Blvd.

Neighbors heard several gunshots.

"I'd say 15 to 20," said neighbor Peter Rome. "I've never heard that many. I thought maybe it was a firecracker because they just kept going and going."

Police at the scene told the News 5 crew that neighbors who were military medics had their kits nearby and rushed in to help before medical crews arrived.

It's not the first time local members of the military have helped in emergency situations.

In November 2011, at Lake Avenue and Highway 115, multiple soldiers from Fort Carson jumped into action at a car accident with several people injured.

"They were able to actually treat one of the patients," Sunny Smaldino, with the C.S. Fire Department, told News 5 back in Nov. 2011. "They had a full medical kit with them and our fire crews assigned them a patient to assist with patient care, so it was just a phenomenal thing to have here and their support."

Fort Carson officials tell News 5 they haven't identified any soldiers who may have provided aid to the victims in Benavidez Park Sunday afternoon, but all soldiers are issued an Improved First Aid Kit which contains a tourniquet, bandages, and other medical items. All of the soldiers are trained to use all of the items in the kit as part of their basic soldier skills.

On Monday News 5 crews spoke with neighbors in Benavidez Park who say they were still shocked about what happened the day before. One of the men said it made him feel comfortable to know he had good neighbors.


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