7 adults dead after birthday party shooting in southeastern Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Seven people, including the suspect, were killed in a shooting at a birthday party at a mobile home park in southeastern Colorado Springs early Sunday morning, according to police.

Police said the shooting happened around 12:18 a.m. Sunday at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park near Preakness Way, in the area of Powers Boulevard and Hancock Expressway.

Officers said when police arrived, they found six deceased victims. A seventh person was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Police said the shooting happened at a birthday party for one of the victims. Friends, family, and children were gathered inside the home to celebrate when the shooting happened.

The suspect, believed to be the boyfriend of one of the female victims, drove to the mobile home, walked inside, and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life, police said.

The children at the party were uninjured and are now with relatives.

CSPD is still working to determine the motive for the shooting.

The suspects’ names have not yet been released.

“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. From the officers who responded to the shooting to the investigators still on scene, we are all left incredibly shaken. This is something you hope never happens in your own community, in the place that you call home. 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.”

Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski

When speaking on this incident, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said:

“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.
We think too of the emergency personnel who responded to a horrific scene and we keep them
in our prayers today.

We ask the public’s patience with the investigation, and we seek the sensitivity of our media
partners as CSPD completes a thorough investigation to provide answers to the families and
friends impacted by this tragedy.”

Anyone who has information about this crime, or is a witness who has not spoken with detectives, is asked to call police at 719-444-7000, or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).

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