Neighbors Worried About Safety After Shooting

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

Colorado Springs police officers are still trying to track down the person who shot a man several times in an apartment complex parking lot Monday evening.

The shooting happened at the Pine Creek Village Apartments on Chapman Drive, near Murray Blvd and Airport Rd.

A mother who lives in the area said she fears for her safety and wants to move out, but her landlord won't let her. She says he's breaching their contract because the complex is not ensuring her safety.

Cops said this southeast Springs neighborhood is no stranger to shootings and other violent crimes.

Danielle Allen said her daughter is scared to be at their apartment now. "She won't even go outside," she said.

In Monday’s shooting, a 36-year-old man was shot several times by another man with a .45 caliber handgun. The victim was reportedly involved in an argument over money.

"That scares me because your apartment is supposed to be your home and you're supposed to feel safe," Allen said.

Allen told 11 News she wants to move, following the attack, but she has a lease that runs through February 2011. She said her landlord won't let her break the lease without suffering a penalty. "Until they fill my apartment I [would] have to pay rent even though I don't live here,” Allen said. “And I'm not going to pay rent for somewhere that I don't feel safe at."

Other neighbors also worry about crimes like this week's shooting, according to Allen. But, she said, most are too afraid to speak up.

11 News made phone calls to the company that manages the Pine Creek Village Apartment complex. We were told they have no comment.

Police said if anyone ever feels unsafe in their neighborhood they can go to any sub-station and talk with an officer about it.

If anyone knows anything about Monday night's shooting at the Pine Creek Village Apartments they can call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP. Your anonymous tip could earn you a cash reward.

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  • by Jessica Giddens Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 20, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    I live at the apartment complex and I'm seriously trying to get out of my lease as well. I don't feel safe there anymore!
  • by sarah Location: lewis on Aug 10, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    i live in these apartments and i am a mother of 2 children under 3. not only are there a million and 1 things wrong inside my apartment but i have told managment a million and 1 times about these issues and nothing has been done. this shooting was in the building right next to mine. my car has been broken into twice in just the past month. there are drug deals being made in broad daylight right in the middle of the parking lot. my roommate has been robbed right outside our apartment door and had to be taken to the hospital. and still management does nothing. i fear for mine and my childrens safty and lives for that matter and when i told management this i was told there was nothing that they could do i am stuck in my lease until march 2011. does anyone know any way i can get me and my family out of here?
  • by Sympathetic Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 27, 2010 at 09:47 PM
    I feel sorry for the mother and all the residents who live in these apartments. Unfortunately crime has no geographic boundaries here in this city, it happens in the best of neighborhoods. It's unfortunate that the apartment managers won't cooperate either in releasing the mother from her lease, I suppose they're within their legal rights to hold her to the lease, yet the "right" thing to do would be to just let her go to a place where she'll feel safer.
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