COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CBS4) – Colorado Springs police officers shared an update on the mass shootings at a birthday party early on Mother’s Day. The published the names of the six victims:
- Joana Cruz, 52
- Jose Gutierrez, 21
- Jose Ibarra, 26
- Sandra Ibarra-Perez, 28
- Mayra Ibarra de Perez, 33
- Melvin Perez, 30
The victims belonged to two families.
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The alleged shooter Teodoro Macias (28) took his own life in the shooting. Investigators say the suspect was the friend of one of the victims, Sandra Ibarra, and was not invited to the party.
Police officers say this is a domestic violence-related event. They add that the suspect tried to prevent Sandra from attending the party or other family gathering.
“Domestic violence is at the center of this horrific act,” said Vince Niski, chief of police in Colorado Springs, on Tuesday. “The suspect, who was in a relationship with one of the victims, showed problems of power and control in this relationship. When not invited to a family reunion, the suspect opened fire and killed six victims before killing himself. “
Investigators say the suspect has no criminal history and there have been no reported incidents of domestic violence or protection orders between the suspect and the victim.
They say he used a semi-automatic pistol.
According to investigators, the suspect was not the original owner of the gun and the gun was purchased from a dealer years ago. They add the serial number on the gun that was not reported stolen.
The shooting took place in the early hours of May 9th at the Canterbury Manufactured Home Community on Preakness Way. Chef Vince Niski says this is the deadliest shootout in city history.
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He cited an incident in 1911 when six people were murdered by ax.
The suspect allegedly drove home, went inside and started shooting people. One of the bullets, investigators say, went into a neighbor’s house, but no one was injured.
Children in the house were not injured and are now with relatives.
Investigators say some of the children witnessed the shooting. Family members tell CBS4 that most of the children were sleeping in a different room at this point.
Gladis Bustos, a neighbor, told CBS4 that she regards one of the victims as a friend and enjoys talking to her often.
“She was a really cute person, really nice, always smiling,” said Bustos.
A woman who knew many of the victims set up an online fundraiser to help cover funeral expenses.
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Anyone with information about the mass shooting that they believe will be useful to investigators is encouraged to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000. If you’d like to remain anonymous, you can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-7867.