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Man kills 6 before taking own life at birthday party shooting in Colorado

A man and a woman hug each other with police cars in the background
Loved ones of the victims who died in a shooting at a birthday party comfort each down the street from the scene in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday. The suspected shooter was the boyfriend of a female victim at the party.
(Jerilee Bennett / The Gazette via Associated Press)

A gunman opened fire at a birthday party in Colorado, slaying six adults before killing himself Sunday, police said.

The shooting happened just after midnight in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs, police said.

Officers arrived at a trailer to find six dead adults and a man with serious injuries who died later at a hospital, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

The suspected shooter was the boyfriend of a female victim at the party attended by friends, family and children. He walked inside and opened fire before shooting himself, police said.

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The birthday party was for one of the people killed, police said.

Neighbor Yenifer Reyes told the Denver Post she woke to the sound of many gunshots.

Blanca Tamayo, the sole survivor in the Orange mass shooting in March, was released Wednesday afternoon from UCI Medical Center.

“I thought it was a thunderstorm,” Reyes said. “Then I started hearing sirens.”

Police brought children out of the trailer and put them into at least one patrol car, she said, adding that the children were “crying hysterically.”

Authorities say the children, who weren’t hurt in the attack, have been placed with relatives.

Police on Sunday hadn’t released the identities of the shooter or victims. Authorities say a motive wasn’t immediately known.

“My heart breaks for the families who have lost someone they love and for the children who have lost their parents,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement.

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It was Colorado’s worst mass shooting since a gunman killed 10 people at a Boulder supermarket March 22.

“The tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating,” Gov. Jared Polis said Sunday, “especially as many of us are spending the day celebrating the women in our lives who have made us the people we are today.”

Colorado Springs, population 465,000, is the state’s second-biggest city after Denver.

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In 2015, a man shot three people to death at random before dying in a shootout with police in Colorado Springs on Halloween. Less than a month later, a man killed three people, including a police officer, and injured eight others in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the city.


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