New details released in deadly Kmart parking lot shooting

Published: Dec. 27, 2017 at 6:59 PM MST
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Police investigated a deadly shooting in the parking lot of a Colorado Springs Kmart Dec. 27. Since then, the suspect has been arrested. 11 News obtained arrest papers, detailing the shooting.

The shooting was reported just after 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of 3020 N. Nevada Ave. The store is near East Fillmore and North Nevada Avenue.

Two days after the shooting, police identified the wanted suspect as 23-year-old Michael Joseph Parkhurst II. Parkhurst was wanted for first-degree murder. His photo is attached to this article.

On Saturday, Jan. 6, police said Parkhurst was arrested by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Friday night. The arrest was made in the 1300 block of Forest Road. He has since been booked into jail without bond.

Officers who first responded to the scene tried to revive the victim. The victim was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead. He was identified as Manitou Springs resident Cory William Forbush, 23.

According to arrest papers, Cory was driving a pickup truck with his brother, Keith Forbush. Keith told police they were heading to McDonald's when Cory drove into the Kmart for an unknown reason. That's when a car pulled up next to them, with Parkhurst as the suspected driver.

Keith told police Cory then got out of the truck with a gun and was allegedly shot by Parkhurst. Cory reportedly put the gun in the back of the truck after he was shot. Keith said he then moved the gun to the driver's side door.

The day after the shooting, police obtained a search warrant for Cory's cellphone. There were five phone calls involving Cory and another person the day of the shooting, including just a minute before officers received the call for the shots fired.

In the days following the incident, 11 News talked to the victim's wife, Ashley Hall. Cory leaves behind two young children. His wife said he always put family first and was always joking around.

"There's nothing in my mind that you can do to make somebody kill you. You're not God. You can't take somebody's life away. I really hope they find who killed Cory because it’s wrong. We deserve justice, my kids deserve justice so much, so much,” Hall said.

Investigators were at the scene until early the next morning. It was cleared sometime before 4:30 a.m.

There were about 100 people inside and outside of the store at the time of the shooting. Those who were at the store during the shooting were allowed to return to get their cars the following morning.

There was initially incorrect information provided by other media outlets that the suspect may have been accompanied by a child. Police confirmed that information was false.

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Posted by KKTV 11 News on Wednesday, December 27, 2017