7 shot dead in Colorado as birthday party turns into massacre; shooter dies by suicide
(NY DAILY NEWS) – A Colorado Springs birthday party turned into a massacre on Sunday and ended in the death of seven people, including the alleged shooter, police said.
“Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski, according to KKTV-TV.
The shooting took place inside one of the residences in Canterbury Mobile Home Park, Colorado Springs police said. A birthday party was underway when the boyfriend of one of the guests burst in and started shooting, then took his own life.
“Friends, family, and children were gathered inside the trailer to celebrate when the shooting occurred,” police said in a statement.
Police arriving to the 12:18 a.m. call early Sunday “located six deceased adults and one adult male with serious injuries who was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The victims’ and suspect’s name were withheld pending official identification and cause of death.
“The children at the trailer were uninjured by the suspect and are now with relatives,” the police statement said. “We are still investigating to determine a motive.”
The horrific murders rocked the town.
“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,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said in a statement. “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.”
Niski voiced his condolences and “unwavering support” to those affected, and vowed his department would find answers for the bereaved.
“Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning,” he said. “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.”