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A Colorado Springs police badge. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

A shooting at a birthday party in Colorado on Sunday left seven dead, including the gunman, per a statement from the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Driving the news: Police arrived at the scene at about 12:18 am and found six people deceased and one injured, who died later in hospital, per the statement.

  • The gunman is believed to be partner of one of the female victims at the party. He shot six people before taking his own life.
  • All of the children at the party are unharmed.

The motive for the attack remains unknown, but an investigation is ongoing.

What they're saying: "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," Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said.

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Updated Jul 29, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado athletes to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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Data: Team USA; Cartogram: Connor Rothschild/Axios

Colorado counts 34 athletes in the Olympic Games in more than 14 sports and 23 disciplines, according to Team USA.

Why it matters: We love to cheer for our hometown heroes as they go for the gold!

By the numbers: Colorado's athlete count is the third most in the nation — behind California's 126 and Florida's 51, according to an Axios analysis.

  • The athletes self-report their hometowns.
  • In reality, dozens more Olympians live in Colorado because they train here — and the same goes for athletes from other countries, too.

Meet the athletes here:

Third police officer who responded to Jan. 6 Capitol riot dies by suicide

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police rush to respond to rioters on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Washington, D.C. police officer who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot died by suicide last week, a spokesperson for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed.

Why it matters: Officer Gunther Hashida is the third police officer known to have died by suicide after defending the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Obama plans birthday bash amid COVID concerns

President Obama waves while golfing on Martha's Vineyard in 2015. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama is hosting a 60th birthday bash for himself and hundreds of guests on Martha’s Vineyard this coming weekend amid heightened public health concerns — locally and nationally — about the COVID-19 Delta variant.

Why it matters: The recent breakthrough cases in nearby Provincetown, Massachusetts, after the July Fourth holiday showed the continued risk of spread even between vaccinated people — prompting new masking guidelines from the CDC.