SEVEN people are dead after a birthday party in a Colorado Springs trailer park ended with a shooting.
Police suspect the gunman was the boyfriend of one of the victims. They say he shot six people before killing himself.
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Police responded to the shooting at a mobile home just after midnight on Sunday[/caption]
Authorities responded to the shooting at Canterbury Mobile Home Park in Colorado Springs just after midnight on Sunday.
The group of friends, family and children were gathered inside a trailer home for a birthday party when the tragedy took place.
“The suspect, a boyfriend of one of the female victims, drove to the residence, walked inside and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life,” Colorado Springs police said in a statement.
By the time officers arrived, six people were dead and the shooter was critically injured after shooting himself. He was transported to the hospital and later died, authorities told the Washington Post.
Those who responded to the shooting were ‘incredibly shaken’[/caption]
Authorities have not yet determined a motive for the shooting[/caption]
Yenifer Reyes, a resident of the mobile home neighborhood, said she awoke to the sound of gunshots.
“I thought it was a thunderstorm,” she told the Denver Post. “Then I started hearing sirens.”
Reyes said she watched police escort the children out of the home as they cried “hysterically.” They are all unharmed and currently with other relatives, police said.
“From the officers who responded to the shooting to the investigators still on scene, we are all left incredibly shaken,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said. “This is something you hope never happens in your own community, in the place that you call home.”
A motive has not yet been determined. The El Paso County Coroner’s Office is expected to release the identities of the victims at a later date after notifying the families of those who died.
Freddy Marquez told the Denver Post he attended the party with his wife and children before it turned violent. The family had gathered to celebrate Marquez’s wife’s birthday, as well as her brother’s birthday.
“I’m at a loss for words,” Marquez said. “They were loving people.”
Marquez left the party early with his wife and children. He said his wife awoke Sunday morning to find out that her mother and two brothers had died in the shooting, along with three other extended family members.
When officers arrived at the scene, six people were did and a seventh was severely injured and later died[/caption]
It’s been just over a month since the last shooting that rocked Colorado[/caption]
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers asked for patience as officials investigate the nature of the crime and provide answers to the families involved.
“Today we find ourselves mourning the loss of lives and praying solemnly for those who were injured and those who lost family members in a senseless act of violence on Sunday morning,” Suthers said.
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Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis echoed the statement.
“The tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating, especially as many of us are spending the day celebrating the women in our lives who have made us the people we are today,” he said.
This shooting comes just over a month after a man in Boulder killed ten people in a grocery store with an AR-15 style weapon.