Colorado Springs victim, suspect identified in deadly overnight shooting at 7-11 store

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Colorado Springs Police respond to a shooting at a convenience store on East Fountain Boulevard and South Circle Drive.

This story has been updated.

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) was called out to a deadly shooting at a 7-11 store on East Fountain Boulevard and South Circle Drive on the east side of the city on Thursday morning.

Officers who first arrived on scene reported finding a man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on scene. The Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

Preliminary information indicates a suspect fired several shots into the store parking lot before leaving the scene.

CSPD detectives identified a suspect in this homicide investigation. An arrest warrant was issued for 29-year-old Roberto Carlo Delgado Cruz for first-degree murder.  He was taken into custody on Thursday and booked into the El Paso County Jail where he remains in custody.

On Friday, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed the autopsy of the victim in this case.  The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Dominique Smith of Colorado Springs.  While the Coroner’s Office will make the official cause and manner of death determination, this death is being investigated as a homicide and continues to be an active investigation. 

Smith’s death is the 19th homicide investigation in the City of Colorado Springs in 2021.  The CSPD investigated 21 homicides at this time last year.

Police do not believe this incident is related to another shooting which took place a short time later.

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