Two arrested, one out of state from double homicide on South Chelton

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COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) has confirmed it is investigating a homicide after two people were found dead and several others were injured at two different scenes in the city.

UPDATE (Jan. 15): Colorado Springs Police announced the arrest of two people, including one juvenile, in the double homicide from Sunday.

19-year-old Kadin Blaschke was arrested in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday, January 13, 2022, for two counts of second-degree murder. The U.S. Marshal Service and other agencies assisted CSPD Violent Offender Fugitive detectives in the arrest.

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, CSPD arrested an unidentified 17-year-old juvenile male suspect in Colorado Springs. Police say he was arrested for two counts of second-degree murder as well.

After the arrests, CSPD confirms they are still seeking information as the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: On Jan. 10, 2022, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed the autopsies for both deceased males. They have been identified as 13-year-old Marcus Venezio-Hernandez and 15-year-old Nevean Tafoya, both residents of Pueblo, Colorado.

Mr. Venezio-Hernandez’s and Mr. Tafoya’s deaths were ruled homicides. The two men’s deaths are the first and second homicide investigations in the City of Colorado Springs in 2022. The CSPD investigated zero homicides at this time last year.

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 contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

UPDATE: Two shootings were reported at different scenes along Chelton Rd. around a mile from each other, with the incidents being reported about five minutes apart. Police have released no suspect description at this time.

The first occurred at an apartment complex at 1940 Chelton Rd, where CSPD says they received several calls.

Two people were found dead on scene, and two more were transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds. The condition of the two who were injured has not been released.

Then, at 1:24 a.m., police responded to another apartment complex near Chelton Rd. and Astrozon Boulevard, about 0.8 miles down Chelton Rd. from the first shooting. There, police found another man with a gunshot wound. That person was transported to the hospital; their condition has also not been released.

CSPD says an update on the case is expected Monday.

ORIGINAL: According to CSPD, around 1:19 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to 1949 S Chelton Road. They found two deceased victims and several other people suffering from gunshots when they arrived. Those victims were transported to local hospitals.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene, which at last report was still active.

No suspect has been apprehended. People are asked to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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