On late Saturday night, a 22-year-old gunman entered an LGBTQ night club in Colorado Springs in the United States and opened fire killing five and injuring 18 before he was stopped by people at the club who disarmed him.
The accused is identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich. He used a long rifle for the shooting, and two more firearms were found at the scene, police said.
Sources said, the incident lasted just minutes after which police received numerous 911 calls starting at 11:56 p.m. Police detained the suspect at 12.02 am, CNN reported.
Police kept silent on the motive of the accused. They said, the suspect is being treated at a hospital and officers did not shoot at him.
November 20, is recognised as International Transgender Day of Remembrance and this bar was hosting several trans-friendly events since the past weekend. A drag brunch and a drag show were going to be held a the club on Sunday to celebrate the day. But now, the club’s website says it will be closed until further notice.
Club Q posted on their Facebook page, “Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community. Our prays and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends. We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
Colorado Gov, Jared Polis, US’s first openly gay governor, issued a statement calling the attack “horrific, sickening and devastating” and offered state resources to local law enforcement.
The statement read, “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.”
In 2016, there was a similar attack at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which an Islamic State-aligned gunman killed 49 people and wounded at least 53.