COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — (11-20-22) — Police have confirmed that five people are dead and 25 others were injured in a mass shooting at LGBTQ Nightclub, Club Q, Saturday night. Authorities responded to multiple 911 calls starting at 11:57 p.m. and responded to the scene at Club Q within 3 minutes, said Colorado Springs Police Lt. Pamela Castro.
Two heroic patrons blocked the shooter from doing further harm and were able to take down the suspect who has been identified by police as 22 year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.
“We have the individual who we believe to be the suspect inside,” said Castro. “At this point in time, the suspect is being treated, but is in custody.”
Lt. Castro declined to speak about a possible motive for the mass shooting.
In a statement on social media, Club Q said it was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community” and thanked “the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
The location of the shooting is reminiscent of the 2016 domestic terrorist attack at LGBTQ Club in Orlando, Florida, Pulse Nightclub, where a gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people and wounded at least 53.
Club Q posted earlier in the day that its Saturday night lineup would feature a punk and alternative show at 9 p.m. followed by a dance party at 11. The club also planned to hold a drag brunch and a drag show on Sunday for Transgender Day of Remembrance. The club’s website now says it will be closed until further notice.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay governor, issued a statement 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.”
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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