Five dead, 18 injured in shooting at Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub

A 22-year-old gunman immediately opened fire when he entered a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub late Saturday night, killing five and injuring 18 others. The club said “heroic customers” confronted and overpowered the shooter.

boss Adrian Vasquez from the Colorado Springs Police Department said two guns were recovered from the scene. Police identified Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, as a suspect. Police received an initial call at 11:57 p.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs Police Lt. Pamela Castro said.

“They located an individual who we believe is the suspect inside,” Castro added. “At this point the suspect is being treated but is being held in custody.” Police arrested him within five minutes of the call.

Nightclub Club Q posted a statement on Facebook last night regarding the devastating events: “Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community… We thank the quick responses from heroic customers who overwhelmed the shooter and ended this hate attack.”

Some of the 18 injured could have injured themselves while fleeing the scene, Colorado Springs officials said, and may not have sustained gunshot wounds. Doctors said two victims remained in critical condition as of Sunday morning.

The motive for the attack was not immediately known as investigations continue.

The FBI said it was now Supporting the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police will hold a press conference on the investigation at 8 a.m. local time.

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The Colorado Springs shooting is the sixth mass murder this month, according to the AP. Earlier this week, a gunman opened fire on the University of Virginia campus, killing three and wounding two others. The Colorado Springs shooting commemorates the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, in which a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

Exactly 42 years before the Colorado Springs shooting, on November 19, 1980, a gunman killed two men outside two New York City gay bars.

representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who has just been re-elected to the House of Representatives and is an outspoken gun rights activist, tweeted, “The news out of Colorado Springs is absolutely horrific. This morning my prayers are for the victims and their families. This lawless violence must be ended quickly.”

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Several members of Congress have spoken.

representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also tweeted, “sick and horrified by the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. The LGBTQ+ community is once again the target of the most horrific violence. And devastating attacks like this will only increase in frequency if we don’t fight back. You have to stop.”

My heart is with our LGBTQ+ community while we are all rocked by this violence,” said Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) wrote.

An unspeakable act. We must protect LGBTQ lives from this hatred,” said Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) said.

Governor of Colorado Jared Polis released a statement: “We are infinitely grateful for the brave individuals who blocked the shooter who likely saved lives in the process and for the first responders who responded quickly to this horrific shooting. Colorado stands with our LGTBQ community and everyone affected by this tragedy as we mourn together.” Five dead, 18 injured in shooting at Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub

Charles Jones

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