19-Year-Old Shooting Victim Identified, 16-Year-Old Arrested

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email
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A 16-year-old has been arrested in the murder of a teen found shot-to-death Sunday morning.

The shooting took place just after 2 a.m. Sunday, outside of a home at 905 South 25th Street in Colorado Springs. There was reportedly a party at the house. Witnesses say the shooting happened after a fight over a bottle of liquor.

"Jack tried to stop it and when he turned his back he got shot," said Dalanie Manning, the victim's friend.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a man, now identified as 19-year-old Jack Smith, lying in the street with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The death has been ruled a homicide and the cause of death is from a gunshot wound.

On Monday, police arrested a 16-year-old man in connection with the shooting. He is being charged with First Degree Murder, and has been placed into the Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Center. The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time because he is a juvenile.

No other suspects are currently being sought in connection with the death; however, the Homicide Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this event.

"We're all very saddened by it," said Gerald Sanchez who lives nearby. "To hear of this happening so close to my home and right across the street from a good friend's home, it was very shocking."

Smith was a student at Pikes Peak Community College and graduated from Coronado High School last year.

Dozens of teenagers gathered Monday night, near where the shooting happened, to remember Smith.

"I can't even believe he's gone," Manning said. "Jack was just a person full of life."

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