Very sad to wake up this morning to news of a gay nightclub shooting in Colorado Springs which resulted in 5 dead and 18 injured.
Police say the shooter, identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was wearing body armor and armed with an AR-15 style rifle when he entered Club Q, and immediately began shooting. Authorities say they began receiving numerous 911 calls at 11:56 p.m.
Colorado Springs police Chief Adrian Vasquez said in a press briefing Sunday morning that Aldrich was quickly confronted by two “heroic” patrons who stopped the shooter. “We owe them a great debt,” Vasquez told reporters.
Deputy chief of the Colorado Springs Police Department Adrian Vasquez names the suspect in the shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich and confirms he used a "long rifle during the shooting".https://t.co/HoVVuN7Oqt
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The victims haven’t been identified at this time as the families are currently being notified.
Lt. Pamela Castro, a spokesperson with the Colorado Springs Police Department, told reporters Aldrich, who was also injured, was taken into custody and is being treated at a local hospital. No motive has been identified at this time.
The incident instantly brings to mind the hideous 2016 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, a gay club in Orlando, Florida, which left 49 dead and dozens more injured.
In a statement on social media, Club Q said it was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community” and offered condolences to victims and their families.
Joshua was inside Club Q when the gunman entered. He ran and hid. Heard the gunman being “beat up.” Tells @BeedieonTV “This was our only safe space in The Springs. Where are we gonna go?”#LGBTQ #ClubQ pic.twitter.com/ZkijarxZoc
— Josh Helmuth KRDO (@Jhelmuth) November 20, 2022
Aldrich was reportedly arrested last June on attempted bombing & kidnapping charges and seems to be well known to Colorado Springs police. But, somehow, he’s out of jail and owning guns.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued this statement:
The Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs was horrific, sickening, and devastating news to wake up to.
My heart breaks for the family and friends of those lost, injured, and traumatized in this horrific shooting.
I have spoken with Mayor Suthers and clarified that every state resource is available to local law enforcement in Colorado Springs.
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.
Colorado stands with our LGTBQ Community and everyone impacted by this tragedy as we mourn.
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) November 20, 2022