Seven people have died after a man opened fire inside a birthday party at a mobile home in Colorado Springs overnight, minutes after Mother’s Day, police said.
The murders took place just after midnight Sunday morning at Canterbury Mobile Home Park on Preakness Way on the east side of town. Officers, dispatched on report of a shooting, arrived at a trailer to find six dead adults and a seriously injured man. The man later died in hospital, Colorado Springs police said in a press release Sunday.
The suspect, a victim’s boyfriend, traveled to a trailer where a birthday party was being held with friends, family and children. He went inside and started shooting at the party attendees before killing himself, police said, adding that the children present “are now with parents.”
In a statement Sunday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called the mass murder a “terrible act of violence,” occurring as “many of us spend the day celebrating the women in our lives who have done so. of us the people we are today “.
“Families torn apart, and at a birthday party, nothing less,” he said.
A woman who lives nearby in the mobile home park said she woke up in the middle of the night to what she believed to be gunshots and finally heard them cry at the outside. Two young children were placed in the back of a patrol car.
“And on Mother’s Day,” said the woman, who did not wish to be named.
Jennifer Reyes, who also lives in the mobile home community, said she and her husband woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of police sirens taking to the streets. When they looked out the window around half past midnight, “there were already a lot of cops out there,” she said.
“Thank goodness no children were harmed,” said Reyes, who has lived in the community for three years, which she described as “generally very quiet” and “a fairly quiet area”.
The community was gloomy on Sunday afternoon, with some drivers slowing down to look past the “road closed” signs, and family and friends gathered outside the trailer where the shooting took place.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers called the mass shooting a “senseless act of violence” and asked for the public’s patience while the police department investigated.
“Today we find ourselves mourning the loss of life and praying solemnly for those who have been injured and those who have lost family members,” Suthers said in a statement Sunday. “We also think of the emergency personnel who responded to a horrific scene and we continue in our prayers today. “
– Olivia Prentzel (@oliviaprentzel) May 9, 2021
Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said the officers and investigators who responded “are all extremely shocked.”
“This is something you hope will never happen in your own community, where you are at home,” he said.
“My wish to this community and to the families who have lost someone today is that this department will do everything possible to find you the answers you deserve and be there for you with unwavering support.”
The investigation is continuing, under the direction of the Violent Crime Section. The names of the victims and the suspect will be released once the coroner identifies them, officials said.
Those with information on the murders who have not spoken with detectives are urged to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000, or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477, if they wish to remain anonymous.
This is a developing story and will be updated.