'I could've been dead': New details revealed about weekend crime spree as suspect is confirmed dead and victims ID'd
A crime spree spanning nearly nine hours and multiple locations have all been linked to one person.
Police announced Sunday that they were looking for Kyree Davon Howard-Walker, 27, in connection with two fatal shootings, one injury shooting, and two carjackings, as well as allegedly shooting at passing cars in downtown Colorado Springs. Two days later, they confirmed
apparently shooting himself at some point after he was cornered by police and SWAT.
when police were called to 3700 block of Westmeadow Drive for a reported shooting. When they arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound.
"I see this man in the parking lot, and he is on the ground. Bullet wound -- you can see the blood," witness Stephanie Hooper told 11 News reporter Megan Hiler.
The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died. He was identified Tuesday as 29-year-old Eugene Pischke of Colorado Springs.
While on scene, police received a report of a carjacking just east of the shooting, in the 3700 block of Penny Point. The suspect reportedly stole the victim's vehicle, a black Dodge Journey with a Colorado plate 237-WKQ, which was recovered Monday.
Nearly six hours later, police received multiple reports of someone shooting at cars at random along Wahsatch near Costilla.
One driver was hit.
The victim is the sole survivor of the three shot during the crime spree. His injuries are reportedly not life-threatening.
Another driver said she came inches away from being a fourth shooting victim.
"He jumps into the road so I swerved to go around him and just as my window is passing him, he pulls out a gun and shoots at me. And it was close enough that I could feel the heat on my face, and as I saw the gun coming out, I was like, 'No, this is not happening,' and I floored it and got out of dodge as fast as I possibly could," said Heather Westbrook. "... I was a split second away from not being able to come home from my dog and I just felt so lucky and so happy that I didn’t freeze in the moment and that I was able to immediately take action and get myself safe."
The shooter then forced a grandmother and her teen granddaughters out of their Buick LeSabre at gunpoint and stole their car.
Mike Stokes, whose business Apex Sports is just a couple of blocks over from where that second carjacking happened, told 11 News the suspect may have originally been going after his car, but Stokes caught him in the act.
"I walked out of our building to go over into our set-up building and I saw a couple that were inside my car rooting through it. I confronted them and said, ‘What are you doing in my car?’ and he backs up ... I said, ‘Get out of my car,’ and he pulled a gun out and stuck it a foot away from my head. He said, ‘Get away from me [explicit] [explicit].’"
Stokes said the suspect demanded his keys and threatened him at gunpoint for a second time when Stokes said no. But he ultimately left Stokes alone when Stokes pulled out his phone and said he was going to call police.
"They both ran over to Wahsatch street after. Then I started hearing 'pop, pop, pop' and that’s where they had hit a vehicle in the windshield and shot a guy ... we heard more gunshots and I guess they carjacked a [vehicle]."
When asked what he was thinking as he heard the barrage of gunfire:
"The guy was serious about I could've been dead."
Less than three hours after the events downtown, police were called to their
The shooting was reported near the Fountain Springs Grove Apartments off Fountain Boulevard and Jet Wing Drive. A man was found dead on the sidewalk. He was identified Tuesday as 28-year-old Carl M. Thompson, Jr. of Colorado Springs.
Sunday night, police confirmed the shooting was related to the events downtown and in southwest Colorado Springs.
Police released surveillance images of the suspect late Saturday night. Thanks to tips from citizens, they were able to name their suspect less than 24 hours later.
Howard-Walker is wanted on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, attempted aggravating robbery, and menacing.
11 News has learned Howard-Walker was on parole at the time of the crime spree, having been released from prison just a few months ago.
Late Tuesday morning, police said they were tipped off that Howard-Walker might be in a home in Stratton Meadows, not far from two of the crime scenes.
Following three-hour standoff on Florence Avenue, police found Howard-Walker dead inside the home they had been surrounding. He had apparently shot himself.
10:04 a.m.: Reported shooting in the 3700 block of Westminster Drive. Immediately followed by reported carjacking a couple blocks away on Penny Point Drive. Shooting victim found alive but gravely injured.
3:41 p.m.: Reported shooting in the 200 block of South Wahsatch Avenue. Immediately followed by reports of a man shooting at cars in the area of Wahsatch Avenue and Costilla Street, then a reported carjacking in that same area.
6:11 p.m.: Reported shooting in the 4300 block of Fountain Springs Grove.
10:59 p.m.: Surveillance images of the suspect released. Police are now linking the events off Westmeadow and downtown and are still investigating a possible connection with the evening fatal shooting.
8:58 p.m.: Police announce the victim in the Westmeadow shooting has died. Howard-Walker is named the suspect in the entire spree. Police confirm they have recovered the Buick LeSebre stolen downtown, but have not located the Dodge Journey stolen near Westmeadow Drive.
10:30 a.m.: Police confirm they located the Dodge Journey.
12:14 p.m.: Police confirm a standoff on Florence Avenue.
2:20 p.m.: Police confirm the standoff is over, and one person has been found dead inside the home.
Police confirm Howard-Walker was found dead inside the home where the standoff occurred.