A shooter in Colorado Springs kills five people and injures another 25 at an LGBTQ nightclub.
Late on Saturday night in Colorado Springs, a young man opened fire in a gay bar, leaving five people dead and another 25 injured.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, who is suspected of using a “long rifle” to carry out the shooting at Club Q, was detained by police, according to officials.
According to Reuters, the shooter entered the nightclub with a weapon, a flak jacket designed for military use, and around six rounds of ammo.
The venue also included other firearms, according to Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez, who spoke during a press conference on Saturday.
In a statement, Vice President Joe Biden denounced the violence.
The statement by Biden was that “locations that are supposed to be safe spaces of inclusion and celebration should never be transformed into locations of horror and violence.”
The first openly homosexual governor of a state in the United States, Jared Polis of Colorado, termed the massacre “horrific, horrible, and tragic news to wake up to.”
In a statement, he added, “My heart hurts for the families and friends of those lost, injured, and traumatized in this awful shooting.”
Following the tragedy, Club Q also released a statement.
“The attack on our community was senseless, and Club Q is saddened.” “Our hearts go out to each and every one of the victims, their families, and friends,” according to a statement on its Facebook page.
We appreciate the brave patrons’ swift efforts in tackling the shooter and putting an end to this hate crime.
A nonprofit organization called the Colorado Healing Fund has launched an internet campaign to raise money for the shooting victims.
The atrocity has been compared to the 2016 Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub shooting at Pulse. 49 people were slain by the gunman inside Pulse before he was shot and killed by authorities.