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Search for suspect in shooting after 2 dead, multiple injured at apartment complex

Summit Creek Apartments homicide
Posted at 9:51 AM, Jan 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-13 22:33:47-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Police are investigating a pair of overnight shootings on Sunday that left two teenage boys dead and at least 3 people injured. CSPD investigators believe the two shootings are related.

The first shooting happened at around 1:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the Summit Creek Apartments on Chelton Road near the intersection with Murray Blvd. Officers found the bodies of two boys when they arrived at the scene. Three people were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds, two adults and one juvenile, they were released with non-life-threatening injuries.

The boys were identified as 13-year-old Marcus Venezio-Hernandez and 15-year-old Nevean Tafoya, both residents of Pueblo. Mr. Venezio-Hernandez’s and Mr. Tafoya’s deaths were ruled homicides.

Mr. Venezio-Hernandez’s and Mr. Tafoya’s deaths are the first and second homicide investigations in the City of Colorado Springs in 2022.

Minutes later officers were dispatched to a second shooting scene in the 2400 block of Lexington Village lane. The victim at that shooting, a man, was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

Details on the names and ages of the deceased will be released by the El Paso County Coroner's Office following notification of next of kin.

No arrests have been made at this time and it is an active and open investigation.

Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

This is a developing story.


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