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Man arrested in connection with shooting outside Fountain Kum & Go

The scene of a shooting in Fountain on May 15, 2022.  Photo inset: Suspect Nickilaus Oakley
The scene of a shooting in Fountain on May 15, 2022. Photo inset: Suspect Nickilaus Oakley(KKTV/Fountain Police Department)
Published: May. 15, 2022 at 6:46 AM MDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 11:38 AM MDT
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FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A teenager is now in custody after he was allegedly involved in a shooting near a gas station in Fountain over the weekend.

Police responded to the corner of Fountain Mesa and Mesa Road around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on reports of shots fired outside the Kum & Go. They found a man who’d been shot in the leg.

“Detectives have determined occupants of at least two separate vehicles were involved in this shooting. At this time, it is unknown if the occupants of the vehicles were shooting at each other,” said a spokesperson for the Fountain Police Department.

Police say one of the vehicles remained at the scene, while the other fled. They later identified the person they were looking for as 19-year-old Nickilaus Oakley.

Monday, police and SWAT descended on a neighborhood in Fountain to execute a search warrant at a home where they thought Oakley might be. During the warrant execution, the 100 block of Judson Street was put under a shelter-in-place order and nearby Talbott Elementary School went on secured perimeter status. Evidence for the shooting was located, but Oakley was not.

Fountain police then, with the help of Springs officers, then began watching an apartment in Colorado Springs where they thought Oakley could be. Sure enough, he was seen leaving the area a short time later. Police tailed him to Beechvale Drive, where they took him into custody.

Oakley is now facing charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, illegal discharge of a firearm, and reckless endangerment.

Detectives say they found more evidence in the shooting at a home on Beechvale Drive and an apartment on Ralph’s Ridge.

The victim is expected to survive.

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