Five died, and twenty-five were injured during a shooting at Colorado Springs’ Club Q.
In Colorado Springs, Colorado, just before midnight on Saturday, a 22-year-old gunman entered an LGBTQ nightclub and instantly opened fire, authorities said Sunday. He killed at least five people and injured 25 others before patrons surrounded him and stopped him from shooting.
According to the Chief of Police of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Anderson Lee Aldrich was determined to be the culprit in the shooting that took place at Club Q. The shot was done with a long rifle, and there were two more firearms discovered at the site.
The gunshots occurred on the evening before the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is observed on November 20 and serves as a memorial for transgender people who were murdered because of their gender identity or expression.
The order in which the shots were fired
Joshua Thurman stated to a CNN affiliate that he was inside the club dancing when he heard gunshots and witnessed a muzzle flash. He also stated that he was in the immediate vicinity of the shooting. Additionally, he said that he was in the vicinity of the incident at the time.
‘I didn’t understand it was the lights, so I simply kept dancing,’ he stated. The witness stated, “Then I heard another series of gunfire, and then a customer and I sprinted to the dressing room, got on the ground, shut the doors, and swiftly called the police.” “After that, I heard the second round of shots.”
Latest News On Colorado Springs Shooting
Thurman reported that he heard additional gunshots in addition to the sounds of people sobbing and broken glass. He also stated that he saw glass being broken. According to him, when he emerged from the structure, he discovered bodies lying on the ground with broken glass and blood.
The acts of violence lasted for only a few minutes in total. At 11:56 p.m., the police began receiving a large number of calls to 911; officers were deployed at 11:57 p.m.; an officer arrived at midnight; and, according to the police, the suspect was apprehended at 12:02 a.m. Captain Mike Smaldino of the Fire Department indicated that 11 ambulances were sent to the scene of the event, while the police reported that a total of 39 patrol officers responded to the incident.
The number of people that were injured was initially reported by the police as being 18, however, it was later changed to 25. The mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers, told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Sunday that 19 of the 25 people who were injured had been shot. Suthers was speaking with Acosta about the incident. Suthers indicated that he anticipates the folks who were hurt to live based on the talk that he has had with medical personnel, and the community is “crossing its fingers” that there will not be any additional fatalities as a result of the incident.
The suspect is allegedly seeking medical treatment at a hospital at the present time, as stated by the authorities. The officials claim that the officers did not fire their weapons in his direction.
An interview that Joseph Sheldon provided to a CNN affiliate reveals that he went to the club on Saturday night to drop off a friend around ten minutes before the shooter began firing his weapon.
“On multiple occasions throughout my life, ever since I turned 18, when I was legally permitted to do so, I’ve been able to visit this business. The vast majority of patrons at this bar are either friends or family members, and many of them are either folks I’ve met before or those who I’ve become really close with over the years “he commented.
The person said, “It’s hard to see that this is going on, that it happened in my community, that it happened at a place that I’ve gone to and felt safe, that it happened at a place where if I stayed 10 more minutes, I would have been right in the middle of it.” “It’s hard to see that this is going on, that it happened at a place that I’ve gone to and felt safe,” the person said. “It happened at a place “It’s difficult to perceive that this is going on, regardless of whether or not it’s a hate crime.”
Politicians offer support to the LGBTQ community
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, and the nation’s first openly gay governor issued a statement Sunday calling the attack “horrific, sickening and devastating” and offered state resources to local law enforcement.
“We are eternally grateful for the brave individuals who blocked the gunman likely saving lives in the process and for the first responders who responded swiftly to this horrific shooting,” he said. “Colorado stands with our LGTBQ community and everyone impacted by this tragedy as we mourn together.”
Polis told CNN’s Jim Acosta there are only two gay bars in Colorado Springs, and Club Q was one of the main venues.
“Everyone knew it. I knew it, knew this venue. It’s just shocking. That’s still setting in for people. But I know we’re going to bounce back. We’re showing love for one another. We’re showing healing for one another,” the governor said.
Colorado’s two US senators, both Democrats, offered condolences in statements and said more should be done for the LGBTQ community.
“We have to protect LGBTQ lives from this hate,” Sen. John Hickenlooper said.
“As we seek justice for this unimaginable act, we must do more to protect the LGBTQ community and stand firm against discrimination and hate in every form,” Sen. Michael Bennett said.
President Joe Biden also issued a statement saying he was praying for the victims and their families.
“While no motive in this attack is yet clear, we know that the LGBTQI+ community has been subjected to horrific hate violence in recent years. Gun violence continues to have a devastating and particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation and threats of violence are increasing,” Biden said in the written statement.