Woman Hides In Car During Shooting Spree

Judy Edmunds was at a nearby business, just a few feet away, when she first heard the gunshots.

She said she looked towards the Planned Parenthood building to see a man walking into it carrying a black bag. She also saw a white car coasting in the parking lot.

"It stopped and rolled back, then came to a stop. A guy gets out and falls down. I could see blood on his shirt. I knew he had gotten shot and I said, 'Oh my God, that's gunshots,'" Edmunds remembers.

Police later told her the woman in the back of the car did not survive. Police have identified Jennifer Markovsky as one of the three people who were killed during the shooting.

"[Afterwards] a lady came up and said, 'Don't get out, get back in your vehicle, we want you safe, we don't want you shot,'" Edmunds told 11 News.

She laid down in her car and hid for four hours before police took her to safety.

"There were officers coming out of the building I was parked in front of using the pillar right there...kind of hiding behind that with their guns held. I heard machine guns. I heard big blasts. I was terrified," she said.

A recovery center has opened up to help anyone who was impacted by the trauma.

"We want to make sure that victims understand they may not be feeling something right now or immediately. However, it will maybe come up in the future and over time," said Ami Gerstner with Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance.

Several local agencies are stationed at the center, including: Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, FBI, 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Pikes Peak United Way 211, Aspen Pointe, comfort dogs and spiritual care.

They also have a crisis recovery line that can be reached at 720-556-8236.

Edmunds said she has her own counselor and pastor who have offered help, but she encourages anyone who may need some assistance to check out the free help at the crisis center.

"Anybody that's even feeling even remotely out of sorts, definitely see someone and talk to them so you can process everything," she said.

If you need a ride to the crisis center, Yellow Cab is giving away free rides there. Their number is 719-777-7777. When you call, say that you're going to the crisis center. It's based at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center at 3650 N. Nevada. It's open from 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 3.