COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Seven people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting at a birthday party in a mobile home subdivision, Colorado Springs police confirmed Sunday.
There were children attending the party who were not wounded in the shooting and have since been placed with family members, KOAA reported.
According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers responded to a call just after midnight Sunday for a shooting inside the Canterbury Manufactured Home Community. First responders found six adults dead and a seventh with critical injuries who later died at an area hospital, the TV station reported.
According to police, the boyfriend of a female guest at the birthday party arrived and killed the adults before taking his own life. The El Paso County Coroner is expected to release information on the victims after the notification of next of kin, KOAA reported.
In a statement, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers asked for patience from the community while an investigation seeks answers for the “families and friends impacted by this tragedy.”
“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 stated.
Meanwhile, Colorado Springs Chief of Police Vince Niski told KUSA that the entire community is “incredibly shaken” by the killings.
“Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning. As the chief of police, as a husband, as a father, as a grandfather, as a member of this community, my heart breaks for the families who have lost someone they love and for the children who have lost their parents,” Niski said.
“When these types of unspeakable acts happen, there is nothing that can be done to fully rebuild what was lost or replace those who are no longer with us. My vow to this community and to the families who have lost someone today is that this department will do everything we can to find you the answers you deserve and be here for you with an unwavering support,” he added.
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