Six people were killed at a birthday party in Colorado Springs early Sunday after a man opened fire inside a home before taking his own life. It was the second mass shooting in the state this spring; 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Boulder grocery store on March 22nd.
The still-unidentified suspect drove to the party, located at a mobile home community, and entered the residence where people were gathered. The suspect began shooting at around 12:18 a.m., according to Colorado Springs Police. He is believed to be the boyfriend of one of the victims, based on a preliminary investigation.
Authorities found six people dead at the scene and a man seriously injured when they arrived on the scene. That man later died at a hospital. The victims have not been identified. Children who were at the party were unharmed and are in the custody of family members, police said.
It was another “senseless act of violence” that has left the community mourning, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said. Suthers called for “patience” as investigators searched for clues behind the killings.
The shooting in Colorado Springs is the 12th mass shooting this week:
Gwynn Oak, MD
Citrus Heights, CA
It's the 192nd mass shooting of 2021.
Today is the 129th day of the year.
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) May 9, 2021
“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,” Suthers said in a statement Sunday.
Six people were murdered at a birthday party in Colorado Springs this morning, but it will barely register as news because mass shootings are now a daily occurrence in America. We need a Congress with the courage to do something about that.
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) May 9, 2021
Colorado Governor Jared Polis also offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families. As of press time, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert hadn’t acknowledged the shooting or the victims.
Line from an AP story about a mass shooting in Colorado Springs early today. I guess that’s 7 whole weeks. The way it’s worded I would expect “since 1989” or something. pic.twitter.com/T80CGSYSk1
— Laura Eurich (@laura_eurich) May 9, 2021
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