Garden of the Gods Shooting Leads to Arrest of Colorado Springs Man

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Police have arrested a man Monday after more than 100 shots were fired into rock formations at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Brandon Bougades of Colorado Springs was taken into custody for Reckless Endangerment and Disorderly Conduct.

Police were first called to the 00 block of Las Piedras Escondidas around 3 a.m., with reports of shots being fired. Officers on scene did not find anyone in the area.

Around 4 a.m., police were called again to the same area about shots being fired. This time, officers heard the gunshots and determined they were coming from the south side of Garden of the Gods Park.

Officers reported they were almost hit by ricocheting shots off the park’s rock formations.

“The officers reported nearly being struck by several of the rounds that appeared to be ricocheting off of the park’s rock formations,” according to the Colorado Springs Police website.

After searching the immediate area, they found Bougades walking from where the shots were being fired. He was identified as the suspect and taken into custody.

According to police, Bougades was shooting a semi-automatic handgun and a pump-action shotgun at two rock formations.

Officers found about 150 empty shell casings while searching the area.

Thankfully no injuries or damages were reported from this incident.

7NEWS called Garden of the Gods and reports they were not aware of the shooting, but said the area police described is not in the heart of the park.

ABC News reports that Colorado Springs visitors bureau states tourists from around the U.S. and more than 60 countries annually visit the 1,360-acre city park, which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark for its stunning rock formations.

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