5 dead, 18 injured in Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting – Orange County Register

A gunman opened fire at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub late Saturday night, killing five people and injuring at least 18 before being overpowered by patrons.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez identified the suspect as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich at a news conference Sunday morning. Investigators recovered two guns at the scene and said Aldrich used a long gun during the shooting, Vasquez said. Aldrich remains at a local hospital.

Officials declined to answer questions about the suspect’s motive for the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation.

Authorities received a report of a shooting at Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Blvd. at 11:57 p.m. and responded within minutes, Lt. Pamela Castro of the Colorado Springs Police Department. The shooter started shooting immediately after entering the club.

The first officer arrived at the scene at midnight and the suspect was arrested at 12:02 a.m., she said. At least two guests at the club confronted the suspect and stopped him, she said.

“We owe them a great debt of gratitude,” Vasquez said.

Firefighters and paramedics were able to reach wounded people quickly because the suspect was apprehended so quickly, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Randy Royal said.

The shooting occurred as extremists, politicians and pundits ramped up anti-gay rhetoric. In a statement, Club Q described the shooting as a hate attack.

“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” the club posted on its Facebook page. It said its prayers are with victims and families, adding: “We thank the quick responses from heroic customers who overwhelmed the shooter and ended this hate attack.”

Club Q is a gay and lesbian nightclub that offers a “Drag Diva Drag Show” on Saturdays, according to its website.

“Club Q is a safe haven for our LGBTQ citizens,” Vasquez said. “Every citizen has the right to feel safe and secure in our city, to move about our beautiful city without fear of being injured or mistreated.”

The number of injured could rise as some victims drove themselves to hospitals, Castro said.

Seven victims were taken to Penrose Hospital, said Dr. Bill Plauth, Chief Medical Officer. Two patients remain in critical condition, three remain hospitalized with less serious injuries and two patients have been treated and discharged, he said. Ten patients were taken to UCHealth Memorial Hospital, but officials were unable to provide details on their condition.

Castro could not say how many shots were fired at the club or how many people were inside during the shooting. She said the information was part of the ongoing investigation.

A man named Anderson Lee Aldrich, who is the same age as the shooting suspect, was arrested on June 18, 2021 for allegedly threatening his mother with a bomb and other weapons. Castro refused to confirm whether the suspect arrested in the Club Q shooting is the same as the man who made the threats in 2021.

In a statement early Sunday morning, Gov. Jared Polis called the shooting “terrifying, disgusting and devastating.”

“I spoke to the Mayor of (Colorado Springs), John Suthers, and made it clear that all state resources are available to local law enforcement in Colorado Springs,” Polis wrote. “We are eternally 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.”

GLAAD – the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination – called the attack “unspeakable”.

“You can draw a clear line from the false and vile rhetoric about LGBTQ people being propagated by extremists and amplified on social media, to the nearly 300 anti-LGBTQ laws introduced this year, to… the dozens of attacks on our community like this,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “That this mass shooting took place on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we honor the memory of transgender people killed the previous year, deepens the trauma and tragedy for everyone in the LGBTQ community.

In addition to the drag show, Club Q’s Facebook page said planned entertainment included a “punk and alternative show” before a birthday dance party with a Sunday “brunch for all ages.”

Colorado Springs is a city of about 480,000 located about 70 miles south of Denver and home to the US Air Force Academy and Focus on the Family, a prominent evangelical Christian ministry.

In November 2015, three people were killed and eight injured at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the city when authorities said a man opened fire because he wanted to wage “war” on the clinic for performing abortions.

“We are a strong community that has a history of showing resilience in the face of hatred and violence,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said at Sunday’s news conference. “And we will do it again.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/20/colorado-springs-shooting-club-q/ 5 dead, 18 injured in Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting – Orange County Register

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