Suspect In Fatal Shooting To Appear Before Judge

By: KKTV/Gina Esposito Email
By: KKTV/Gina Esposito Email

The suspect in a deadly shooting will hear the charges against him Wednesday.

David Barker, 32, is accused of opening fire outside a Colorado Springs business, mortally wounding victim Kenneth Bentley, 39. Bentley's death has been ruled a homicide, and Barker is facing charges of second-degree murder.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday just outside the Lawn Guys store near Circle Drive and Monterey Drive. Police say when they got to the scene they found Bentley's body on the ground.

11 News was first on scene and watched as police combed the area with K-9's and flash lights. Police said that's a standard response when responding to call for service.

11 News spoke to a witness who heard the gunshots Tuesday morning. An employee at 7-Eleven said he thought he heard a tire blow out. It wasn't until someone came running into the store to call 911 that he discovered someone had been shot. The employee said he ran out to help the victim, but he was too late. There was nothing he could do.

The employee's friend, Brandon Lozano, showed up to support him.

“He called me up and said that there was a shooting in front so I just wanted to go over and see if everything is alright. I was worried because it's starting to become worse and worse out here...[wanted to] make sure he's alright, not going to faint over the body...it's pretty crazy when you actually see something like that," said Lozano.

Police told 11 News the Major Crimes Unit is still investigating the shooting.

Barker was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and is currently in jail on a $50,000 bond. He is expected to appear before a judge via video on Wednesday.


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