Two injured in shooting that led to crash on Academy Boulevard

At least two people were injured in a shooting on Academy Boulevard early Thursday morning. / Macy Egeland - FOX21 News
At least two people were injured in a shooting on Academy Boulevard early Thursday morning. / Macy Egeland - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two people were injured in a shooting that led to a crash along Academy Boulevard early Thursday morning, according to police.

Police said it happened around 3:30 a.m. in the area of Academy Boulevard and Half Turn Road. It all started when two groups of people got into a fight at the 7-Eleven at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Barnes Road. One group left the gas station and headed westbound on Austin Bluffs Parkway, then turned south onto Academy Boulevard. The other group followed and pulled alongside the first car. An occupant of the second car fired several shots into the first car, hitting a passenger, according to police. The passenger was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the first car lost control and crashed.

Police said one of the rounds fired from the second car went into an apartment at the Sonesta ES Suites, hitting an uninvolved person inside. That person was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Academy Boulevard was closed in both directions between North Carefree Circle and Austin Bluffs Parkway while police investigated the shooting. It reopened around 9:15 a.m.

Police said the two groups involved knew each other. The suspect, a teen boy, was arrested on an unrelated warrant after leading police on a short chase in the area of Ivywild School around 10:30 a.m.

Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call them at 719-444-7000 or call Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).

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