Four people are dead, including a suspected gunman, following a shooting spree in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Lt. Catherine Buckley says officers were responding to a report of shots being fired when they spotted a suspect matching the description of the person they were trying to find. Buckley says the suspect opened fire, and police fired back.
CBS affiliate KKTV reported police were originally called to North Prospect Street at 8:45 a.m. on reports of gunshots. They found a deceased man sprawled on the side of the street, his backpack still on his back.
Multiple witnesses told KKTV the suspect went on a shooting rampage in the minutes leading up to the gun battle with police outside a Wendy's.
"I looked out my kitchen window and I saw a man in a green jacket firing an AR-15...waited a few seconds, went out my house, looked to my left and saw a man down the street, probably 50 feet. I started calling him and I called the cops," witness Matt Abshire told The Colorado Springs Gazette.
Mr. Abshire followed the suspect, reporting his location to the police and watching helplessly as he shot and killed two more victims.
Ultimately the police caught up with the suspect and he died in a hail of gunfire:
Alisha Jaynes told KKTV she was at an ATM when she saw a man with a gun walking calmly down the street.
"They yelled, 'Put the gun down,' and he turned around, and that's when they shot at him a good 20 times," she said. "There was a lot of gunfire.
Police say that there were three people shot and killed by the man, and then of course he lost his own life when he failed to respond to police commands to drop his weapon.
Just another day, and another senseless shooting, in the "greatest nation on earth."