Multiple people shot after gunfire between moving cars; 11 News talks to one of the victim's brother

By  | 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man was caught in the middle of gunfire as he slept in his apartment early Thursday morning.

The overnight shooting sent several people to the hospital -- two of them with gunshot wounds.

11 News spoke exclusively with the brother of the man who was shot while sleeping.

"'Boom' and he jumps up screaming, 'I've been shot!'" Michael Hester told 11 News.

Police confirm the situation began with an altercation between two groups of people driving down North Academy Boulevard. The groups were in two separate cars heading in the southbound lanes when one car opened fire.

Bullets hit the car and the Sonesta Suites nearby where Hester's brother lives.

North Academy was shut down for more than six hours between Austin Bluffs Parkway and North Carefree Circle as police investigated. It caused major delays during the morning drive.

Hester tells 11 News he lives right next door to his brother and his girlfriend so the bullet could have easily hit any one of them.

"It just scared me to death and I'm glad he's okay -- that's all, thank God," he said.

Police say one of the cars involved took off. Detectives discovered the two groups new each other and were able to identify a suspect in the shooting. A male juvenile was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit with police on an unrelated warrant in the area of 1600 S. Cascade Avenue at about 10:30 a.m.

Tire tracks in the grass suggest the car drove off the road and crashed into the Summer Grove Apartment sign. The pole and the sign were broken into several pieces.

None of the victims had life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 719-444-7000 or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.