Rap battle shooting in Colorado Springs ends in chase, car crash on I-25


A shooting at a Colorado Springs "rap battle" ended in a crash that backed up traffic on Interstate 25 for hours.

Police said officers were dispatched to the Pins and Needles Tattoo Shop, at 3737 Drennan Rd., on a report of a man down shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived, they couldn't find a victim.  They did find shell casings and a front bumper belonging to a stolen green Honda Accord from Denver.

The officers learned from witnesses that a rap battle was occurring at Pins and Needles that featured rap artists from around the nation. A rapper was performing who made comments that angered another group of people not related to the performance. As the victim was walking to his car, this group fired shots at him. The suspects and victim then fled the scene.

A short time later, the Colorado State Patrol informed police that they were pursuing the Honda on I-25 The pursuit resulted in a crash near Tomah Road that closed the interstate.

Four people from the crashed car were questioned.  The driver ran from the scene and is being sought. He was described as a black male, wearing white tank top and black jeans.

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