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Gov. Polis, local leaders release statements following deadly Colorado Springs shooting

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado Governor Jared Polis and several local leaders have released statements in response to Sunday's shooting at a Colorado Springs mobile home community.

According to Colorado Springs Police, seven people have been pronounced dead, including six victims and one suspect.

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Governor Jared Polis released a statement in response to the shooting Sunday:

“The tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating, especially as many of us are spending the day celebrating the women in our lives who have made us the people we are today. Multiple lives were taken today by this terrible act of violence. Families torn apart, and at a birthday party no less. My deepest condolences and prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone else impacted by this tragedy.” 

Both Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper posted on Twitter in response to Sunday's shooting:

"Absolutely heartbreaking. We stand with the victims, their loved ones, and the Colorado Springs community during this tragedy," Bennet said.

"This is absolutely terrible. I grieve for the victims and with their families. I’m horrified that children witnessed this tragedy. My thoughts are with Colorado Springs and our whole state on this dark day," Hickenlooper said.

The El Paso Board of County Commissioners released the following statement in response to Sunday's shooting in Colorado Springs:

“El Paso County is devastated by the senseless act of violence carried out last night resulting in the death of innocent citizens at a birthday party. We offer our sincere prayers to the families of the victims, the first responders, and those in law enforcement who must investigate this tragic crime. We pray for peace and healing within our community. We stand ready to offer any support to our brothers and sisters in the City of Colorado Springs,” Board Chair, Stan VanderWerf said.

When speaking on this incident, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers says:

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.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski says, “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.”                                                      

This is being investigated as a homicide and continues to be an active investigation.

Anyone who has information about this crime, or is a witness who has not spoken with detectives, is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if they wish to remain anonymous, they can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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24 Comments

          1. A majority of voters, by definition, voted Gov. Polis into office. Those who voted against him are in the minority.

  1. in chicago last night there were 19 shot and 5 dead. thats every night. why is this on cnn and that isnt?

  2. Why is no one calling this a mass shooting? I thought that an incident with any more than 3 or 4 people shot dead was considered to be a mass shooting…

    1. I sense that labels are very important to you. I am concerned that you singled out “mass shooting”, and left out racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, transphobic, etc. I am sure the rest of you can add a few more.

      1. Just wondering why people are trying to minimize this shooting for what it really is.

        1. You really can’t think without being told! You’re a good person RealityCheck, you’re intelligent but also a fool.

  3. Shut up “RealityCheck” 7 people are dead, and all you’re concerned about is the technical name for the this event?
    *you always have something dumb to say, but today takes the cake!!

  4. The longstanding Chicago birthday traditions have finally come to our community…

  5. And Polis has yet to say anything about the Canon City police shooting and killing and unarmed father sitting in his car.

    1. We are still waiting for the information from the officer involved shooting on April 22, 2021 when the officer with the long rifle was providing life saving techniques after he was shot with the foot to the head and shoulders technique…
      You know, 19 days ago? Or 5 days past the mandatory required release of “all” recordings of an incident be released under the updated police accountability bill.
      With this verbiage, that word “all” that is listed in this bill would also include “all” audio dictation recordings, and I would imaging they dictate their reports to be transcribed, like most agencies do.
      https://krdo.com/news/colorado-springs/2021/04/22/update-suspect-dies-after-police-shooting-in-colorado-springs/

        1. Yes, I had seen that article. I am waiting on the state law mandatory release of all recordings, to include the 5 officers body cams and what was done to the officer that had the long rifle and after the suspect was shot, 4 officers went over to restrain then provide life saving techniques; while that was going on, the officer with the long rifle began his own life saving technique with the boot to the head and shoulders of the suspect, again after the suspect was shot and 4 officers were restraining the suspect. This is important, even though the suspect was an alleged criminal, officers should not be allowed to kick anyone after the rifle was separated from the suspect and while being restrained, regardless of if he is now dead or not and if he has family pursuing justice against CSPD and this officer or not. Not releasing this state mandated information to the news to have them disseminate it 5 days past when they were required to do so only further shows the department’s corruption and lack of required transparency.

        2. This needs to be released as well as what the agency is doing against the officer, like charging him with excessive use of force. Otherwise he will just slip back behind the blue wall until he gets to illegally act out again.

  6. The police I believe were truly traumatized by this horrible incident as for polis and suthers their phony statements of sorrow are worse than no statements at all because they are fake. The direction polis and suthers have taken the state of ColoFornia and city of ColoFornia Springs has created immeasurable financial hardships on the average person living here and it is getting worse. It is a insult that they should even pretend to care and should anger everybody.

    1. I AGREE.
      Polis’ biggest only concern is winning the award “For the most citizens vaccinated”
      his FB puts out that propaganda EVERY DAY.

  7. Personally. I think it matters that civic and state leaders make a statement. I do believe that the investigating officers and DA will be traumatized forever from this scene as will be the children. No one truly knows what or why. But its a tragedy for our community and the families and the neighbors. Quit politicizing everything. If you can “cop” better, govern better, then get off your ass and go sign up for the academy or next election. Or, are you too busy being perfect in your own world? Good lord.

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