Man shot in the face along Academy Boulevard in Fountain; suspect on the run

Crime

Police respond to shooting in Fountain Friday morning

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) is investigating a shooting that left a man with a gunshot wound to the head.

UPDATE: FOX21 has confirmed that a man was shot in the face just before 6 a.m. Friday by an unknown suspect in the area of Coventry Drive and South Academy Boulevard, an unincorporated portion of El Paso County. 

The man, who was bleeding heavily, managed to get to a nearby house where he begged for help. That was when dispatch first received a call about the shooting.

Once first responders arrived, the victim was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries. The victim’s condition is unknown.

Before he was taken to the hospital, deputies were able to determine the man was likely shot in the area of Coventry Drive and South Academy Boulevard, an unincorporated portion of El Paso County. 

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives have taken over the investigation and continue to work with Patrol Division deputies to process the scene and work through evidence .

Northbound South Academy Boulevard was blocked at Hartford Street for quite some time to preserve the scene but has since been reopened to one lane. There is not an anticipated time frame for the roadway to be completely reopened.  

At this time, police have not released any suspect information. Currently, it is unclear whether the shooting stemmed from a road rage incident or if a car was involved at all.

If you were in the area of South Academy Boulevard and Coventry Drive Friday between the hours of approximately 4-6 a.m. and believe you witnessed activity related to the shooting, you are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Tip Line at 719-520-6666.

ORIGINAL: According to EPSO, shots were fired near Coventry/S. Academy. Northbound South Academy Boulevard is closed from Hartford.

People are being told to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. We will update as more information becomes available.

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