7 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire at Colorado Springs Birthday Party
Seven people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado Springs on Sunday (May 9) morning.
According to 9News, the incident occurred shortly after midnight at a residence in the 2800 block of Preakness Way, when the boyfriend of one of the guests walked inside the residence and began shooting.
Upon arrival, police found six adults — including the gunman, who committed suicide — dead inside of the residence. Authorities transferred another adult victim to a nearby hospital, where they later died of their injuries.
The station reports that children were also present during the incident, but they were uninjured and are currently staying with relatives.
"Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning," Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement. "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."
Niski noted that an investigation of the incident is still ongoing. The El Paso County Coroner's Office has not yet released the names of the victims or any official causes of death.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000 or Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers at (719) 634-7867.