Two shootings, a carjacking, a stolen vehicle and a man shooting at cars in Colorado Springs on Saturday are all believed to be connected and Colorado Springs police have identified one suspect in the incidents, according to a police statement.
The hours-long string of violence began around 10 a.m. when a male victim was shot in the 3700 block of Westmeadow Drive, according to the statement. That victim, whose identity has not been released, was hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening.
Just after the shooting on Westmeadow Drive, a carjacking was reported nearby in the 3700 block of Penny Point. The victim reported that a man stole the victim’s car, a black Dodge Journey with the Colorado plate 237-WKQ, according to police.
Later, at 3:41 p.m., police responded to a second shooting in the 200 block of South Wahsatch Avenue and again found a male victim who was suffering from serious, but not life-threatening injuries, according to the statement.
Shortly after that shooting, police received reports that a man was shooting at cars near South Wahsatch Avenue and East Costilla Street, and that the shooter then stole a green Buick LeSabre with a Colorado plate of 350-UOM.
That vehicle was last seen headed east on East Costilla Street.
“Based on the independent investigations conducted by the responding detectives and officers, there is evidence to support that all of the aforementioned investigations are related,” Sgt. Jason Newton said in a statement.
Police have identified one suspect, a black man with a lighter complexion, believed to be in his mid-20s, between 5’8’’ and 6’ tall, between 180 and 200 pounds, according to police, who released photos of the man and said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the various incidents or on the suspect is asked to call Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000, or to report an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7876 or 1-800-222-8477.