Gunman Attacks Birthday Party, Kills 6 Adults, Himself, Colorado Police Say

Eloise Marshall
May 12, 2021

No motive has been established for the shootings nor has the name of the gunman been released.

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

Children at the scene appear to have been spared and were placed with relatives, the statement released by police and city officials said.

"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 said in the police statement.

Three children, aged two, five and 11, witnessed the shooting, and were not physically harmed, said police.

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.

Three teen family members who attended the party were outside of the mobile home picking up an item from a neighbor when shots rang out and immediately returned to help the victims, Frabbiele said.

Mr Marquez told the Gazette the shooter was a "quiet" and "serious" man who always carried a gun with him.

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"I thought it was a thunderstorm". She said because of the shooting, she will be moving out of the neighborhood as soon as possible.

"They were crying hysterically", Reyes told the Post.

The massacre about 70 miles (110 km) south of Denver is 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.

"In Colorado, we've had domestic terrorism incidents where lots of people were killed, we've had random acts like going into a King Soopers or a movie theater, but let's not forget about the lethality of domestic violence", Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said. In 2007, a man killed two people and wounded three at Colorado Springs' New Life Church before taking his own life. That gunman is serving a life sentence.

Other bills advancing through the Democrat-led Legislature would tighten background checks, allow municipalities greater freedom to adopt their own gun control laws that are stricter than state law, and require a person facing a protection order related to alleged domestic violence to report what firearms they possess.

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Macias entered the residence, shot all six victims in quick succession, and then shot himself shortly after, said police Lt. Joe Frabbiele.

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