Police have stated that “heroic people” stopped a gunman from killing five gay men at a US nightclub and prevented him from doing so again.
Club Q in Colorado Springs was the scene of at least 25 injuries.
Anderson Lee Aldrich (22), was taken into custody. He was treated for injuries.
Officers at a news conference stated that the gunman was using a “long rifle” to start shooting as soon as they entered the venue.
Adrian Vasquez was the chief of the city’s police. He stated that at least two heroes from the club confronted the suspect and fought him until he stopped causing more harm and death.
We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
John Suthers, Colorado Springs’ mayor, stated that their actions had “clearly saved many lives”.
Vasquez stated that at least two firearms were discovered on the spot and that the FBI was assisting in the investigation.
His officers are currently working with the police to identify those who have died and determine if anyone has helped the suspect.
Governor of Colorado Jared Polis is gay and praised the “brave individuals that blocked the gunman”. He described the attack as “horrific. sickening. and devastating”.
President Joe Biden stated that “Places which are supposed to be safe places of acceptance and celebration shouldn’t be made into places of terror or violence.”
According to the Gun Violence Archive which tracks gun violence in the United States, it is the 26th mass shooting of this month.
There have been 601 mass shootings across America in 2014. This is an increase year after year. In 2014, there were less than 300.
Nearly 40,000 Americans were killed by gunshots in the past year.
Mass shooting refers to a situation in which more than four people are injured or killed.
The shooting was referred to as a “hate attack” by the venue. The venue stated that Club Q was devastated by the attack on its community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all the victims. We are grateful for the swift reactions of the customers who subdued him and ended the hate attack.
According to Colorado Springs police lieutenant Pamela Castro, the initial call to report the shooting was made at 11.57 pm local time.
The incident was attended by 34 firefighters and eleven ambulances.
Lt Castro stated that officers could enter the club as soon as they arrived.
The nightclub was located in a shopping center on the outskirts Colorado Springs. It was closed to the public.
Club Q is described as an adult-oriented gay and lesbian nightclub that hosts theme nights. Events include karaoke and drag shows.
After karaoke, a DJ set and dancing was listed at 9 pm local time. It was due to continue until 2am.
A gunman opened a fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando in Florida in 2016, killing 49 people. He was then shot by police. Over 50 other people were also injured.
Omar Mateen (29), a shooter who claimed allegiance the Islamic State, was treated as a terrorist act.
It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history at the time.