COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 9, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Seven people were found shot dead at a birthday party in a Colorado Springs trailer Sunday.
The shooter is believed to be among the deceased.
“CSPD responded to a shooting call for service at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park at approximately 12:18 a.m.,” says a statement issued Sunday by the Colorado Springs Police Department. “Upon arrival, officers located six deceased adults and one adult male with serious injuries who was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“Through an initial analysis of evidence and preliminary interviews, it appears that a birthday party was being held at the trailer in the 2800 block of Preakness Way for one of the victims. Friends, family, and children were gathered inside the trailer to celebrate when the shooting occurred.”
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, the CSPD statement says.
“This horrific act has resulted in the death of six adult victims. The children at the trailer were uninjured by the suspect and are now with relatives. We are still investigating to determine a motive.”
The victim’s names have not yet been released.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers released the following statement:
“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.”
Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski also shared thoughts:
“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.”