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2 dead in separate shootings in east Colorado Springs early Thursday; police locate wanted suspect in Texas

Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 5:22 AM MDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2021 at 2:42 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Two people are dead following separate shootings 30 minutes apart in east Colorado Springs overnight and 2 suspects are now in police custody.

The shootings occurred less than three miles from each other, but police say they do not appear connected.

Police first responded to Woody’s Bar and Grill off Pikes Peak and Academy around 12:30 a.m. after officers already in the area heard gunshots going off. Law enforcement found one woman who had been shot multiple times in the parking lot; despite life-saving attempts, she died at the scene.

Colorado Springs Police identified the victim as 51-year-old Gwendolyn Watson of Colorado Springs. Detectives say the suspect in this case is 34-year-old Paris Toler-Anderson. CSPD says Toler-Anderson was taken into custody by the United States Marshal Service (USMS) in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Half an hour later, more officers responded to a 7-Eleven off Fountain and Circle, where a man was found shot in the parking lot. He also died at the scene. On Friday, police announced the victim in the second shooting was 31-year-old Dominique Smith of Colorado Springs. Roberto Carlo Delgado Cruz was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the second shooting.

In both cases, police say the suspects fired several times in the business parking lot before fleeing the area.

A sergeant confirms with 11 News that the police presence at Woody’s was especially heavy during the initial investigation because of a throng of family members showed up.

“The family is very emotional -- understandably,” the sergeant said, explaining that because emotions were running high, additional officers were called out to keep the peace. He said the scene has remained largely calm.

Police say one man was arrested after threatening responding firefighters with what looked like a gun in one of the shootings.

“Colorado Springs Fire Department personnel were responding to the scene with their lights and sirens activated to provide medical attention to the victim. While driving there, they advised that a male was pursuing them in a vehicle and was pointing a firearm at them,” police wrote on the CSPD blotter.

Officers were able to talk to the man before things escalated further and discovered that he was carrying a realistic-looking BB gun. He was arrested for felony menacing, obstruction of a firefighter and reckless driving.

Police add the suspect and victim in the first shooting knew each other.

Anyone with information on one or both cases is urged to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.

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