COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo .- Skyler Shockley woke up shortly after three in the morning, captivated by an unfamiliar sight.
“When I woke up this morning, I looked out this window, I saw my room lit up with flashing lights,” she said.
After everything came into focus, she realized a multitude of officers had shown up on her street.
“I knew that something bad had happened based on the amount of law enforcement.”
That bad news turned out to be another officer-involved shooting. Only this time, it happened right outside her door.
“Made me feel really, really upset,” she added. “You know, this is a really decent area. The fact that I saw one of our officers, you know, injured, it really made me upset.”
Another neighbor, who didn’t want to go on camera, told me the shots jolted her awake.
“We heard four gunshots and then I heard cops,” she remarked. “Just sounded really close, like you hear the shot and then kind of heard like the whiz.”
All this neighbor could think to do was make sure she and her husband didn’t move.
“I was scared and told him like, ‘don’t look out the window’ ’cause he went to get up and I said ‘don’t look out the window’ and he was like ‘why?’ and I said ‘don’t look out the window!’ Like, that sounded close,” she said of the moment the first shots rang out.
It was too close for comfort and, with the scene roped off with crime tape, News 5 found a bullet had clearly pierced a window nearby. Although, it’s not clear whether this gunshot came from police or the suspect.
This anonymous neighbor told News 5 she hasn’t felt safe in this neighborhood for a while but never expected to be in the middle of a crime scene.
“That’s scary,” she said. “Just because of the fact that we could’ve been in that parking lot.”