The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating a pair of fatal shootings that took place in the early morning of June 17 in Southeast Colorado Springs. According to Natasha Kerr, a senior public communications specialist for CSPD, “Although we are still in the preliminary stages of these investigations, it does not appear that these two incidents are related at this time.”

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A man was shot and killed at the 7-Eleven near Fountain Boulevard and Circle Drive at approximately 12:50 a.m. on June 17.

The first shooting occurred at approximately 12:20 a.m. at the 3800 block of East Pikes Peak Avenue. According to a CSPD news release “Officers were already in the area responding to an unrelated call for service when they heard the shooting occur. Arriving officers located an adult female suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Officers performed life-saving measures while waiting for advanced medical care; However, the female was [pronounced] deceased on-scene. No other injuries were reported.”

CSPD reports that the suspect fired multiple shots in a business parking lot before leaving the scene, and that it was not a random shooting. “At this time, it is believed that this is an isolated incident as it appears the victim and suspect were known to each other,” read the news release. “We do not believe there is any immediate threat to the community stemming from this incident.”

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In addition to the shooting at the 2800 block of East Fountain Boulevard, a woman was shot and killed in the 3800 block of East Pikes Peak Avenue at approximately 12:20 a.m. on June 17.

The second shooting took place at the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Circle Drive and Fountain Boulevard. According to CSPD, “At approximately 12:50 a.m., the CSPD communications center received a shots fired call for service in the 2800 block of East Fountain Boulevard. When officers arrived on scene, they located an adult male suffering what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Despite life-saving measures by officers and medical staff, the victim was pronounced deceased on-scene. Preliminarily information obtained on scene indicates that the suspect fired multiple shots in the parking lot of the business, ultimately striking the victim, before fleeing the scene.”

CSPD asks that anyone with information regarding this investigation contact CSPD at 719-444-7000; or to remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 719-634- STOP (7867) or 800-222-8477.

Heidi Beedle is a former soldier, educator, activist, and animal welfare worker. She received a Bachelor’s in English from UCCS. She has worked as a freelance writer covering LGBTQ issues, nuclear disasters, cattle mutilations, and social movements.