THOMAS PEIPERT (Associated Press)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Attackers opened fire at a gay nightclub late Saturday, killing five people and wounding 18, officials said. The suspect was subdued by patrons, the club said.
Authorities received a report of the shooting at Club Q at 11:57 p.m. and responded within minutes, said Lieutenant Pamela Castro of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The riots are the sixth mass murder this month, coming in a year that rocked the country after 21 people were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Castro had few details other than the number of dead and wounded. She said the suspect was injured but didn’t know how and the FBI was there to help.
In a statement, Club Q called the shooting a hate attack.
“Club Q is devastated by this senseless attack on our community,” the club posted on its Facebook page. We appreciate the heroic customer’s swift response that put an end to the attack.”
Club Q is a gay and lesbian nightclub that hosts a “Drag Divas Drag Show” on Saturdays, according to its website.
In addition to the drag show, planned entertainment will include a “punk and alternative show” before a birthday dance party and an “all-ages brunch” on Sunday, according to Club Q’s Facebook page. will be
Colorado Springs is a city of approximately 480,000 located about 70 miles south of Denver, home to the United States Air Force Academy and a prominent evangelical Christian ministry, Focus on the Family.
In November 2015, three people died and eight were killed when authorities said they shot a man at the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic because he wanted to “wage war” for performing an abortion. injured.
The motive behind Saturday’s shooting was not immediately clear, but it brought back memories of the 2016 massacre that killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. It happened in a state that has seen many notorious massacres, including a movie theater outside Denver in 2012 and a supermarket in Boulder last year.
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