Police are expected to release additional details, including “names of the deceased,” in a mass shooting that left seven people, including the suspected gunman, dead.
Additional “releasable updates” would be provided during a Tuesday news conference, the Colorado Springs Police Department said on Twitter.
The motive behind the shooting, which took place at a Colorado Springs mobile home park, remains unclear. A gunman fatally shot six people before taking his own life, police said. Police described the suspected gunman as a boyfriend of one of the female victims.
“As we all continue to contend with the events that took place on Sunday morning, we want to once again extend our deepest condolences to the friends and families of those who lost a loved one,” the Colorado Springs Police Department said in a series of tweets announcing the news conference.
Colorado Springs police found six people dead shortly after midnight Sunday at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park, where a group of friends, family and children was gathered for a birthday party at a mobile home. A seventh person was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
The children at the trailer were uninjured and are now with relatives.
The shooting is the 13th mass killing this year, according to database compiled by USA TODAY, Northeastern University and The Associated Press.
‘How can this happen here?’ Police seek motive after gunman kills 6, then self, at Colorado birthday party
“We know there are still a lot of questions into what exactly happened, why it happened, and all the details in between,” the Colorado Springs Police Department said on Twitter. “Our investigators, detectives, and victim advocates are determinedly working to find those answers.”
The department added: “The families who have lost their loved ones deserve to hear these answers first.”
A small crowd of mourners Monday left bouquets of yellow roses and devotional candles on a small table set up in front of the 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,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski in a statement.
Freddy Marquez told the Denver Post he was at the party before the shooting with his wife and children, and the victims were all of the same extended family. The party was to celebrate his wife’s and her brother’s birthdays, but Marquez said his family left around 10 p.m. because his wife had to work the next day.
When his wife woke up the next morning, she saw numerous missed calls. Marquez’s wife’s mother, two brothers and three extended family members died.
“It’s just crazy; it’s not what we expected on Mother’s Day,” he told the Post. “I’m at a loss for words.”
Neighbor Gladis Bustos told the Associated Press the home’s owner, Joana, was a warmhearted, hardworking person who always took the time to say hello to her neighbors.
“She was an incredibly pleasant woman, very beautiful, happy all the time,” Bustos told the Associated Press. “She loved to chat. And she was very proud of her family.”
“We’re all in shock,” she added. “How can this happen here? This is all so painful, so devastating, so overwhelming.”
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers asked for patience during the investigation. Gov. Jared Polis offered condolences in a Sunday statement.
“The tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating… Multiple lives were taken today by this terrible act of violence,” he said in the statement. “Families torn apart, and at a birthday party no less.”
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, crime report data indicates about 1 in 5 homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by an intimate partner. Over half of female homicide victims are killed by a current or former male partner, the CDC says.
The massacre is the second mass killing in Colorado this year, according to the USA TODAY, Northeastern University and The Associated Press database, which defines a mass killing as those in which four or more people were killed, not including the assailant. In March, 10 people were killed in Boulder when a gunman opened fire at a grocery store.
Contributing: The Associated Press