Leaders around Colorado and the country are reacting after a gunman opened fire at a birthday party on Sunday, killing six people, then himself. Here are some of the reactions:
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis
“The tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating, especially as many of us are spending the day celebrating the women in our lives who have made us the people we are today. Multiple lives were taken today by this terrible act of violence. Families torn apart, and at a birthday party no less.
“My deepest condolences and prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone else impacted by this tragedy.”
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers
“Today we find ourselves mourning the loss of lives and praying solemnly for those who were injured and those who lost family members in a senseless act of violence on Sunday morning. We think too of the emergency personnel who responded to a horrific scene and we keep them in our prayers today.
“We ask the public’s patience with the investigation and we seek the sensitivity of our media partners as CSPD completes a thorough investigation to provide answers to the families and friends impacted by this tragedy.”
Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski
“Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning. As the chief of police, as a husband, as a father, as a grandfather, as a member of this community, my heart breaks for the families who have lost someone they love and for the children who have lost their parents. From the officers who responded to the shooting to the investigators still on scene, we are all left incredibly shaken. This is something you hope never happens in your own community, in the place that you call 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. 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.”
State Rep. Tony Exum for District 17, which covers Colorado Springs
“It breaks my heart to learn there’s been another mass shooting, today in southeast Colorado Springs.
“At a birthday party on Mother’s Day — a day and time when we should all be celebrating life and love — many people are now mourning the tragic loss of life.
“My deepest condolences go out to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims.”
Statement from El Paso Board of County Commissioners
“El Paso County is devastated by the senseless act of violence carried out last night resulting in the death of innocent citizens at a birthday party. We offer our sincere prayers to the families of the victims, the first responders, and those in law enforcement who must investigate this tragic crime. We pray for peace and healing within our community. We stand ready to offer any support to our brothers and sisters in the City of Colorado Springs.
“The shooting suspect, the boyfriend of a female victim, drove to a trailer where a birthday party was being held with friends, family and children in attendance. He walked inside and began shooting party attendees before taking his own life, police said.”
U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper
“This is absolutely terrible. I grieve for the victims and with their families. I’m horrified that children witnessed this tragedy. My thoughts are with Colorado Springs and our whole state on this dark day.”
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
“Absolutely heartbreaking. We stand with the victims, their loved ones, and the Colorado Springs community during this tragedy.”
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser
“My heart breaks for the victims, their families, and the Colorado Springs community.”
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