The second hero who helped stop the shooter at the deadly Club Q shooting last weekend, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James, has issued his first statement about the incident from his hospital where he is still recovering.
Thomas James, Navy sailor credited as hero in Club Q shooting, speaks out for first time from hospital bed: 'when you come out of the closet, come out swinging' https://t.co/MGb3HtSwKc pic.twitter.com/Y3jkrbSeZ3
— CBSColorado (@CBSNewsColorado) November 27, 2022
From Denver’s ABC News affiliate:
Among the heroes identified by witnesses and officials in the Club Q shooting was U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James, who reportedly charged the shooter with Richard Fierro and possibly others at the bar.
James, through a Centura Heath spokesman, issued a statement Sunday for the first time since the shooting at the Colorado Springs.
“I simply wanted to save the family I found,” James said. “If I had my way, I would shield everyone I could from the nonsensical acts of hate in the world, but I am only one person.”
“Thankfully, we are family, and family looks after one another,” James continued. “We came a long way from Stonewall. Bullies aren’t invincible.
“I want to support everyone who has known the pain and loss that have been all too common these past few years. My thoughts are with those we lost on Nov. 19, and those who are still recovering from their injuries.
“To the youth, I say be brave. Your family is out there. You are loved and valued. So when you come out of the closet, come out swinging.”
James continues to recover in the hospital from injuries sustained the night of the deadly shooting. A rep for Centura Penrose Hospital shares that James is currently in “stable condition.”
Read the full report here.
We now know more about Thomas James, the second person police say helped stop the #ClubQ attacker.
The Navy says he is an enlisted sailor — an Information Systems Technician 2nd Class, to be exact.
He's from W. Va, joined up in 2011, and was hurt in the attack he helped stop.
— Cole Sullivan (@cole_sull) November 22, 2022
We owe Colorado heroes Richard Fierro and Thomas James an outstanding debt of thanks for confronting and fighting the gunman and preventing further violence at the Club Q Shooting.
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) November 22, 2022