Gunfire narrowly misses homes in local neighborhood

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police are searching for a suspect involved in an early morning shoot-out.

CSPD responds to overnight shooting, Feb. 17, 2017.

There was an exchange of gunfire between at least two people on East Boulder St. early Friday morning, narrowly missing houses, cars and anyone who could have been inside of them. No one was hit.

Police initially responded to the neighborhood around 2:30 a.m to reports of a home invasion but police tell 11 News upon arrival it didn't appear to be a home invasion after all.

"The initial information was that the homeowner heard someone break into a door - into the community area - to their apartment and he came out with a gun," said Sgt. Jeff Maxson with Colorado Springs police.

According to police after the suspect broke into the door they jumped back into a car out front and fired two rounds from their gun. Meanwhile, the man who lives in the apartment came outside with his own gun and fired back.

"The homeowner heard one shot fired so he responded by firing at least two shots of his own," said Maxson.

Maxson tells 11 News the suspect reportedly knows the man living inside the apartment and he had been there earlier that night.

"According to the homeowner, he knew the suspect. But he only knew them by a first name and he said that the suspect drove away in a gray car but he was unable to provide any more information on the make or model or plate," said Maxson.

Police say they have "very limited information" on the suspect who broke into the door. He reportedly fled westbound, possibly with a driver.

Police tell 11 News they found several shell casings in the street but no injuries have been reported. Nonetheless, a close call for some of these neighbors.

"As you can see the backdrop for [the shooting] is a row of houses. So, we could have very easily had an innocent person get struck by a bullet," said Maxson.

11 News asked if this would fall under the "Make My Day Law." Police say it's something they're looking into but the door that was broken into doesn't lead directly to a home -- it leads to a community staircase that leads to several other apartments.

If anyone has information on the incident, call police at 719-444-7000 or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.