COLORADO SPRRINGS: A 22 year-old gunman opened firing in Colorado Springs gay nightclub in Colorado SpringsFive people were killed and 18 more injured by him before he was arrested. subdued by “heroic” patrons And arrested by Police arrived on the spot in under a minute, officials said Sunday.
Two firearms, one of which is a “long rifle,” were found at After Saturday night’s shooting, Club Q was closed down by Police Chief Adrian Vasquez.
According to El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen, investigators are still trying to determine a motive and were investigating the attack to determine if it should go ahead as a hate crime.
The suspect could be charged “will likely include first-degree murder,” He said.
Anderson Lee Aldrich was the gunman, according to police.
After his mother reported that he had threatened her, a man of the same age and name was taken into custody in 2021. “a homemade bomb, multiple weapons and ammunition,” According to authorities.
The police have not confirmed that the suspect was the same person and are investigating whether the suspect has been arrested previously.
Club Q was called by authorities at Saturday, 11:57 am. A report of a shooting was filed. The first officer arrived. at midnight.
“At least two heroic people” Vasquez stated that he confronted the gunman, and that he stopped the shooting. “We owe them a great debt of thanks.”
Some of the 18 injured were in critical condition. at Officials said that at least two of them had been released and were being treated. They also added that others had been hurt while trying to flee.
The shooting brought back the memories of the 2016 massacre at The Pulse gay Nightclub in Orlando, Florida that was responsible for 49 deaths.
This was in a country that has seen several mass killings. at Columbine High School was established in 1999. It is now a movie theater in suburban Denver. at A Boulder supermarket was last year.
It was the sixth mass shooting of the month, which occurred in an year of nation shaking. by 21 school shooting victims were killed in Uvalde Texas.
Club Q is a gay And Nightclub for lesbians This feature is a “Drag Diva Drag Show” According to its website, Saturdays
Club Q’s Facebook page stated that Club Q planned entertainment included more than just the drag show. “punk and alternative show” Prior to a birthday dance party with a Sunday “all ages brunch.”
In recent months, drag events have been the focus of anti-LGBTQ rhetorical and protests. Opponents, including politicians have suggested banning children from such events, and falsely claimed they’re being used. “groom” children.
Anthony Coley, Justice Department spokesperson, said that Merrick Garland, Attorney General was briefed regarding the shooting.
While the FBI said that it was providing assistance, they said that the police department was conducting the investigation.
President Joe Biden stated, “While the motive for these shootings is still not clear, “we know that the LGBTQI+ community has been subjected to horrific hate violence in recent years.”
“Places that are supposed to be safe spaces of acceptance and celebration should never be turned into places of terror and violence. Yet it happens far too often,” He said.
“We must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot and must not tolerate hate.”
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis became the first openly transgender governor of Colorado. gay The shooting is the name given to the man elected as the governor of the United States in 2018. “sickening.”
(*5*) Polis said.
“Colorado stands with our LGTBQ community and everyone impacted by this tragedy as we mourn.”
Sunday saw a temporary memorial set up near the club with flowers and a stuffed animal, as well as candles, in front of a cardboard sign that read the message. “Love over hate” A rainbow-colored heart is next to it.
Ryan Johnson, a resident near Club Q, stated that it was one of two night spots available for the LGBTQ community in conservative-leaning Colorado Springs.
“It’s kind of the go-to for pride,” According to the 26-yearold, it is a medium-sized club.
On Sunday morning, he saw police cars in the streets.
“It just feels crazy, you hear about it and you don’t think it’ll happen and then it happens,” Johnson.
“You come to Colorado and feel safer than other parts of the country and then this happens.”
Although the motive was not known at this time, and the identities of the victims weren’t revealed, the incident was anti-gay The rhetoric has intensified by extremists. Club Q described the shooting as a hate attack in a statement.
“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” The club posted the following on its Facebook Page. It added that its prayers were with the victims and their families. “We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
Kevin Jennings, the CEO of Lambda Legal a national LGBTQ-rights group, reacted by appealing for tighter gun control.
“America’s toxic mix of bigotry and absurdly easy access to firearms means that such events are all too common and LGBTQ+ people, BIPOC communities, the Jewish community and other vulnerable populations pay the price again and again for our political leadership’s failure to act,” He made the statement in a statement.
“We must stand together to demand meaningful action before yet another tragedy strikes our nation.”
The shooting occurred during Transgender Awareness Week, hours before Sunday’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a day when transgender victims are remembered and mourned.
The Colorado Springs shooting was certain to add special resonance.
Colorado Springs, a city of approximately 480,000, is located 112 km south of Denver. It is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Focus on the Family, a prominent evangelical Christian church ministry.
Three people were killed, and eight others were injured in November 2015. at Authorities say that a gunman opened fire on a Planned Parenthood Clinic in the city, allegedly because it offered abortions.
In June, 31 members from the neo Nazi Patriot Front group were arrested in Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) and charged with conspiracy for riot at Pride events. Experts warn that extremist groups may see anti-American As a call to actions, rhetoric is a call to speech.
One month prior, a Boise pastor of fundamentalist Idaho said to his small congregation that gayExecute lesbians and transgender persons by The government matched up with similar sermons by a Texas fundamentalist pastor.
According to USA Today’s database on mass killings in America, there have been 523 mass shootings since 2006.