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Seven dead including suspect in shooting at mobile home community

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Springs Police Department says they received a report of a shooting at a residence in the 2800 block of Preakness Way, at the Canterbury Manufactured Home Community, just west of the Colorado Springs Airport.

CSPD received reports around 12:18 am. When officers arrived, they found six deceased adults inside the residence.

One adult victim was transported to a local hospital, where they died from their injuries. In total, seven people have been pronounced dead, including six victims and one suspect.

According to CSPD, 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. This horrific act has resulted in the death of seven adult victims. The children at the trailer were uninjured by the suspect and are now with relatives. Officers are still investigating what may be the motive.

CSPD says the names of the victims and the suspect will be released at a later date once the Coroner has made an official identification of the deceased and determined the cause and manner of death.

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.” 

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.

A fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses for the victims has been set up on Facebook.

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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17 Comments

      1. Why is it not being called a “mass shooting”? I thought that any more than 3 or 4 shot dead was considered a mass shooting. Or have the numbers increased?

  1. Seems like every morning we wake up to a murder, and yet they want to defund the police, blacks are trying to take over

    1. The police have not yet been defunded and they were not there to stop this heinous crime. So what’s your point?

      1. stay good’s point is just to make it about race and also show you how uneducated he is.

    2. Gee…sounds like you’re fear-driven…
      I guess you couldn’t have been here long enough to know, crime rates go up and down in the Springs. I remember the late 80’s here and it’s not much different.

  2. The police I believe must have been truly traumatized by this scene as for Suthers he’s just a phony mouthpiece.

  3. ” There’s always something going on down in the trailerhood”.Toby Kieth.
    At least he had the decency not to shoot the kids. Don’t think he was much of a boyfriend. Sounds like the incident in California a few years back when an ex-husband, dressed as Santa, came to the annual family Christmas party and began shooting and then set the house on fire. In that case he was severely burned and eventually killed himself because the pain was so bad and his plan to escape to Mexico was ruined.

  4. I bet the dude was from California. No wait, they sold their house for a million and bought 2 houses here for cash.
    Perp must have been a local.
    As far as demographics, I believe more white people live in trailer parks so statistically speaking the guy must have been Caucasian.
    Let’s see what happens!
    But they could be a minority since the media didn’t announce the names immediately like they would have done if the guy was white.
    So based on the media response, the perp was a minority.
    Just an observation.

  5. And this is another great reason to Carry conceal in any house you Walk I to.
    And he!! No you don’t need to inform the homeowner.

  6. Please keep this family in your thoughts and ask for mercy and healing.
    7 are together in Heaven, but we don’t even know how many got left behind and grievously wounded by what they may have seen.
    Thinking a lot about if minor children were present.
    This is a terrible tragedy and that it happened in a mobile home community is not necessarily relevant. This gathering could have been at anyone’s home.

  7. The perp probably felt ” disrespected” by somebody so naturally his reaction is to start shooting. I guess since they all seem to be part of the same racial “boat” it won’t be a hate crime.

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