The gunman who killed six people, including his girlfriend, then himself at a birthday party in Colorado Springs was upset for not getting an invite, police said.
“The suspect was not invited to the family gathering and evidence supports that not receiving an invitation upset” 28-year-old suspect Teodoro Macias, the police said in a statement.
Police said at a press conference on May 11 that interviews with family members and phone communications between Macias and his girlfriend, Sandra Ibarra-Perez, 28, served as evidence for his “controlling and jealous behavior toward the victim,” including trying to isolate her from her family and trying to prevent her from attending family events.
“At the core of this horrendous act is domestic violence. The suspect, who was in a relationship with one of the victims, displayed power and control issues in this relationship,” Police Chief Vince Niski said.
However, police said Macias had no criminal history and no evidence has yet shown any unreported physical abuse towards Ibarra-Perez during their one-year relationship.
Police also said that Macias shot the victims “in quick succession, in a methodical, direct, and deliberate manner” before shooting himself using a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm semi-automatic pistol at a trailer in the Canterburg Mobile Home Park last May 9.
Investigators are tracing the original owner of the gun, which was purchased in a local gun store in 2014, and how and when Macias came to possess it.
Police also identified the other victims: Jose Ibarra, 26; Mayra Ibarra De Perez, 33; Melvin Perez, 30; Jose Gutierrez, 21; and Joana Cruz, 52.
One adult family member managed to escape during the shooting.
Three children aged 2, 5, and 11 were present during the shooting and were unharmed.
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