Seven dead following shooting at birthday party in US
Tragic news from Colorado today.
Seven people have died following a shooting at a birthday party in US state Colorado.
A man, the boyfriend of a female victim, opened fire at a party in a home on Sunday killing six people before turning the gun on himself.
Colorado Springs police responded to a call from a local mobile home park where they discovered the bodies of six people and one male with serious injuries.
He was taken to hospital where he later died. A motive has yet to be identified by police.
A statement released by authorities reads: "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," the police said in a statement.
"We are still investigating to determine a motive."
Children who had been attending the birthday party were with a relative at the time of the shooting and were unharmed during the attack.
This is the third mass shooting in Colorado Springs since 2015. Approximately one shooting per day has occurred in the States every day since the year began.
These included a shooting at a FedEx warehouse in which at least eight people were killed, a shooting at a real estate office where four people died including a nine-year-old boy, and a shooting at a Colorado supermarket where at least 10 people were killed.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, over 600 such shootings occurred in 2020, a steep increase compared to 417 in the previous year.
Following an Indianapolis shooting last month, US President Joe Biden said that America was experiencing a gun violence "epidemic."
"Last night and into the morning in Indianapolis, yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones," he said at the time. "What a cruel wait and fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation.
"Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But we should not accept it. We must act."