Suspect Identified in Gay Nightclub Massacre
Another LGBTQ Hate Crime 5 Dead, 18 Injured in Gay Nightclub Massacre ... Police ID Suspect
11/20/2022 5:19 AM PT
7:20 AM PT -- The Colorado Springs Police Department identified the suspect as 22-year-old male Anderson Lee Aldrich.
Chief Adrian Vasquez says initial evidence shows the suspect entered Club Q and immediately began shooting. At least two brave individuals inside confronted the suspect and fought him in order to prevent further killings.
Law enforcement says the suspect used a long rifle during the shooting, and two firearms were recovered on the scene. Investigators are working to determine a motive for the attack.
Another massacre at a gay club has left 5 dead and at least 18 injured.
A gunman opened fire at Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs. The shooting occurred just before midnight Saturday, when authorities began receiving a barrage of 911 calls.
#Breaking: Colorado Springs Police confirm five are dead and 18 injured in the Club Q shooting! pic.twitter.com/RZuP6cEaYp— Brian Sherrod (@briansherrodtv) November 20, 2022 @briansherrodtv
It appears the gunman is in custody. According to the Club's Facebook page ... "the quick reactions of heroic customers ... subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack."
A police official confirmed they apparently got the gunman ... "They did locate one individual who we believe to be the suspect inside. At this point in time, the suspect is being treated, but is in custody."
NEW VIDEO: Mourners create a small memorial of flowers and candles near the entrance to #ClubQ in #ColoradoSprings hours after the shootings that killed at least 5, injured dozens more.— Shawn Reynolds (@ShawnReynolds_) November 20, 2022 @ShawnReynolds_
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Police have not discussed or revealed motive, but the club itself has already called this a hate crime.
Club Q was hosting musical acts Saturday night, including its weekly Diva Drag Show.
The FBI is on the scene, and nearly a dozen ambulances rushed there to treat and transport the injured.
The club posted on its page, "Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community. Our 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."
This is far from the first attack in gay clubs. Perhaps the worst ... back in 2016, when a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, killing 49.
This is the latest in a slew of mass killings in America this year -- more than 500 -- snuffing out the lives of more than 2,700 innocent people.
Originally Published -- 5:19 AM PT