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Boyfriend kills 6 people and himself at Colorado birthday party; children not shot

Sports & GeneralMay 09, 2021 10:55PM ET
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By Keith Coffman

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) -A man fatally shot six people including his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself early on Sunday at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but did not fire on traumatized children who were present inside a trailer at a mobile home park.

Police arrived to find six people dead plus a seventh who was seriously wounded and died after being taken to a hospital, a police statement said.

"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," said the statement released by the Colorado Springs Police Department.

"Friends, family, and children were gathered inside the trailer to celebrate when the shooting occurred," the statement said.

A motive has yet to be determined.

The shooting happened within the Canterbury Manufactured Home Community, a mobile home park of some 470 trailers and largely Latino residents on the southeast side of town, near the Colorado Springs airport, about 70 miles (110 km) south of Denver.

Police blocked off the area, where a mobile crime lab was parked near the home. A small group of adults stood nearby, some of them audibly sobbing, along with a small child.

Freddie Marquez, 33, said his mother-in-law was one of the victims and that he was at the party but left around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Some time after midnight, he received a call from the son of one of the women at the party, who was crying on the phone.

"Somebody came in and shot everybody," Marquez said, relating what he had been told on the phone.

The Denver Post quoted neighbor Yenifer Reyes as saying she was awakened by the sound of gunfire.

"I thought it was a thunderstorm. Then I started hearing sirens," Reyes told the newspaper.

She said she saw police take children out of the trailer and put them into a squad car.

"They were crying hysterically," Reyes said.

SPATE OF MASS SHOOTINGS

The massacre was the latest in a resurgence of mass shootings in the United States after such occurrences seemed to recede during the height of coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Among the incidents this year was one in Boulder, Colorado, where a 21-year-old man has been charged with killing 10 people in a March 22 shooting spree at a supermarket about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Denver. That came less than a week after another 21-year-old gunman was accused of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area day spas.

Colorado was also the state where two other deadly rampages took place, both in the Denver area: the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that killed 15 people including the two perpetrators, and the 2012 shooting in an Aurora movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded about 70. The Aurora shooter is serving a life sentence.

The recent shootings have revived the gun control debate, with Democratic President Joe Biden calling them a "national embarrassment" and calling for new legislation from Congress.

But he faces serious opposition from gun rights advocates including Republicans and some Democrats who cite the U.S. Constitution's protection of gun ownership rights.

Police said they withheld releasing details of the shooting for several hours "in order to properly and respectfully notify family members of the deceased and ensure support was in place."

The names of the victims will be released later, the statement said.

Boyfriend kills 6 people and himself at Colorado birthday party; children not shot
 

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biden dennis
biden dennis May 10, 2021 1:15AM ET
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thats why i always support total.guns control, total ban! it just matter of time it lands on some crazy dude
Maikel Roman Remedio
Maikel Roman Remedio May 10, 2021 1:05AM ET
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I live here at Colorado Springs and that place isn’t the best in town... a lot of drug, violent people in there... many of them drug dealers, mexican or descents related to mexican drug cartels... I heard the shooter had some argument with his ex girlfriend days before and infidelity might be what triggered such disgrace... the news channels always are blaming firearms when this kind of massacre could be done with a knife or something like that...
Adam Paine
Adam Paine May 09, 2021 11:13PM ET
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interesting how so much is pinned on the trailer park aspect of this story...
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CatholicMan May 09, 2021 10:13PM ET
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Lord Jesus, welcome all who seek you into heaven.
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Charles Sims May 09, 2021 4:48PM ET
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Anonymous sources report he was radicalized after watching MSM warning of the dangers of people having gatherings of more than 5 people.
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Joshua Harclerode May 09, 2021 4:48PM ET
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Barani Krishnan i dont think consumers need to know how the news feed works. I think the company needs to address how and what gets posted because its sad to hear there is no moderator and you just make an excuse for what gets released. You make if sound like a half rate investing site. Do better. Got it!?
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Barani Krishnan May 09, 2021 4:48PM ET
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Joshua Harclerode  The site works for thousands of users who seem to understand what we do. We can't help those who come here with a bias. You're talking as though we're printing supermarket trash. This is news from Reuters, one of the world's two leading wire services. This story actually "happened", it's not like it was made up, ok? So, it's legitimate news. The question is should Investing.com have run it? Of course, we should. We have a general news tab particularly for this kind of content. Yes, our service is automated on a weekend and intermittently between the passing of shifts. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THERE AREN'T ANY STANDARDS FOR WHAT WE DO-- which seems to be what you're insinuating. The automated feed is running within the parameters set by the editors and the content is from legitimate news providers. We are not half-rate, in fact we get more page views than most  of the free news sites/price providers out there. And you get to read Reuters/Bloomberg/WSJ and a lot more for FREE.Got it?
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there is so much censorship on this site which reports mostly along the left main stream media.. I have been censored in my comments at least a dozen times.. fare well.. freedom of speech
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Klaus Weyers  We have filters that bar bad language.
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Klaus Weyers  Nobody cares what a scamming fraud foreigner has to say.  Go home, leave America to the Americans.
 
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