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7 people dead, including suspect, at birthday party in mobile home community in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs shooting
Posted at 10:07 AM, May 09, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Police confirm seven people are dead after a shooting at a mobile home subdivision on the southeast side of the city.

According to police, a call came in just after midnight for a shooting on Preakness Way inside the Canterbury Manufactured Home Community.

Upon arrival, officers located six adults dead and one with critical injuries, who later died at the hospital. According to police, a birthday party was being held at the home when the boyfriend of a female victim arrived and killed the adults before taking his own life.

There were children attending the party who were not wounded in the shooting. Police say those children are now with family members.

The tragic event has neighbors speechless who say they never expected a mass shooting to take place right outside of their front door.

"I have been thinking that all morning that we live somewhere and we have no idea who are neighbors are and that's incredible," neighbor Yeniefer Reyes said.

Reyes has lived in the neighborhood for three years. She said because of the shooting, she will be moving out of the neighborhood as soon as possible.

"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."

"This is something you hope never happens in your own community, in the place that you call home," Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement. "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.”

This story was originally published by Benjamin Lloyd on Scripps station KOAA in Colorado Springs, Colorado.