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Neighbors and friends react to teen shooting death

Teen shot to death in parking lot on Friday
Neighbors and friends react to teen shooting death
Posted at 9:36 PM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-17 00:06:00-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — News 5 has learned more about the teenager police said was shot and killed near an apartment complex in Colorado Springs on Friday night. Neighbors said they cannot believe it all unfolded in their parking lot, while one childhood friend said she never saw this coming.

Some neighbors said they heard a gunshot, but almost all of them said they saw the massive police presence in the area on Friday. Many people News 5 spoke with identified the teen, but we are choosing to wait until the coroner officially releases his name to make sure all of his relatives are notified first.

Anastacia Krueger said she came to the apartment complex where the young man was shot to leave candles in his honor. Krueger said he had just turned 15. "When we were younger, we were neighbors, and he was just like my best friend... And it just hurt because I knew him so well," said Krueger.

Colorado Springs Police said they got to the scene, near 2250 La Salle Street, at around 9:05 p.m. A neighbor News 5 spoke with said he went to see what was happening after his wife heard a singular gunshot. "I walked down, I looked closely, and they were giving CPR to an individual that was laying in the middle of the parking lot... It's hard to believe these things happen, in fact, I even had trouble sleeping last night, my wife and I did, I couldn't get my mind off of it," said Steve Cockrille, a neighbor in the apartment complex.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719)444-7000. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (719)634-STOP (7867).