COLORADO SPRINGS — Seven people are dead after a mass shooting inside a Colorado Springs home over the weekend.
The suspected gunman is among the casualties.
It happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, during a late-night party. Two families – 10 people – were celebrating birthdays that night.
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Colorado Springs Police said Tuesday that 28-year-old Teodoro Macias, who’d been dating 28-year-old Sandra Ibarra-Perez for about a year, walked inside a mobile home on Preakness Way and opened fire. He shot six people, police said, before taking his own life.
Police have identified the victims as:
- Sandra Ibarra-Perez, 28
- Jose Ibarra, 26
- Mayra Ibarra De Perez, 33
- Melvin Perez, 30
- Jose Gutierrez, 21
- Joana Cruz, 52
Police said their investigation into this shooting has revealed a troubling history between the suspect and Ibarra-Perez, one rife with controlling and jealous behavior.
In fact, at another gathering just a week before Sunday’s horrific shooting, police said a conflict had arisen between the suspect and Ibarra-Perez’s family. That conflict wasn’t resolved and, as a result, the suspect was not invited to the party Saturday night.
“We believe that he just showed up and entered the mobile home and started shooting,” said CSPD Chief Vince Niski.
Three children, ages two, five, and 11, where “in the main room,” police said, when the shooting began. They were able to find shelter in another room and were not physically harmed.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers joined in on Tuesday’s press conference and called the incident, “a stark reminder how lethal domestic violence incidents are.”
CSPD Lt. Joe Frabbiele said they are investigating how the suspect was able to acquire the gun used in this shooting. It was purchased, he said, in Colorado Springs in 2014, however, the suspect is not listed as the purchaser. The gun is not listed as stolen.
A makeshift memorial was set up, just outside the mobile home where the shooting occurred. Flowers, candles, pictures of the the victims, stuffed animals and more items were battered by a mix of snow and rain that rolled through the region on Sunday. Still, the collection continued to grow.
The local chapter of the Salvation Army is on hand to provide grief support services.
CSPD says it has cleared the home and released it back to the family.
Help is available for women who are threatened or assaulted by their partners. Anyone in need can contact TESSA‘s 24-hour safe line can call 719-633-3819.
Colorado Springs Police Department Statistics
2020 Homicide Statistics
- Total of 39 victims
- 9 of the 39 were domestic-violence related
2021 Homicide Statistics (through May 11, 2021)
- Total of 15 victims
- 8 of the 15 were domestic-violence related
Domestic Violence Statistics (as of March 2021)
- Persons Crime domestic violence rate is 37%
- 373 cases of aggravated assault
- 117 were domestic violence-related
- DV’s make up 32% of all aggravated assault cases
- 503 cases of simple assault
- 271 were domestic violence-related
- DV’s make up 44% of all simple assault cases