Colorado shooting: Nightclub praises 'heroic customers' who subdued gunman

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By stefan armitage

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Officials from the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs have praised the "heroic" patrons who "subdued gunman".

As reported by CNN, Colorado Springs Police Luitenent Pamela Castro has confirmed that at least five people have died after gunfire erupted at an LGBTQ+ nightclub on Saturday night (November 19).

Additionally, a further 18 people were injured in the shooting.

After a series of 911 calls were made at 11:57PM, first responders were dispatched to the Club Q nightclub on 3430 N Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs Fire Captain Mike Smaldino later stated that 11 ambulances were on-hand at the scene, along with officials from the FBI.

Castro later told reporters that police located an individual believed to be the suspect inside the establishment. Although the suspect's identity is being withheld, Castro did confirm that they are "being treated" for injuries while in police custody.

The Luitenent added that the incident was "not an officer-involved shooting".

At this time, authorities have provided no motive for the attack.

However, in a Facebook post shared by representatives for Club Q in the last few hours, they have described the shooting as a "hate attack", and praised the "heroic" actions of customers who allegedly subdued the gunman.

"Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community," the post read. "Our prays and 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."

On its Google listing, the establishment - which is located approximately seven miles away from downtown Colorado Springs - describes itself as an "adult-oriented gay and lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights such as karaoke, drag shows, and DJs."

The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, has responded to the shooting on Twitter, writing: "Sickened and horrified by the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

"The LGBTQ+ community is once again the target of the most terrible violence.

"And devastating attacks like these will only become more common if we don’t fight back. It must stop."

Several outlets, such as CNN and Reuters, are drawing comparisons to the 2016 shooting at gay nightclub in Florida. In what was the worst mass shooting in US history at the time, 49 people lost their lives after a gunman opened fire at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlando.

Our thoughts continue to go out to all of those affected by this tragedy.

Featured image credit: Iphotothings / Stockimo / Alamy

Colorado shooting: Nightclub praises 'heroic customers' who subdued gunman

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By stefan armitage

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Officials from the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs have praised the "heroic" patrons who "subdued gunman".

As reported by CNN, Colorado Springs Police Luitenent Pamela Castro has confirmed that at least five people have died after gunfire erupted at an LGBTQ+ nightclub on Saturday night (November 19).

Additionally, a further 18 people were injured in the shooting.

After a series of 911 calls were made at 11:57PM, first responders were dispatched to the Club Q nightclub on 3430 N Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs Fire Captain Mike Smaldino later stated that 11 ambulances were on-hand at the scene, along with officials from the FBI.

Castro later told reporters that police located an individual believed to be the suspect inside the establishment. Although the suspect's identity is being withheld, Castro did confirm that they are "being treated" for injuries while in police custody.

The Luitenent added that the incident was "not an officer-involved shooting".

At this time, authorities have provided no motive for the attack.

However, in a Facebook post shared by representatives for Club Q in the last few hours, they have described the shooting as a "hate attack", and praised the "heroic" actions of customers who allegedly subdued the gunman.

"Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community," the post read. "Our prays and 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."

On its Google listing, the establishment - which is located approximately seven miles away from downtown Colorado Springs - describes itself as an "adult-oriented gay and lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights such as karaoke, drag shows, and DJs."

The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, has responded to the shooting on Twitter, writing: "Sickened and horrified by the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

"The LGBTQ+ community is once again the target of the most terrible violence.

"And devastating attacks like these will only become more common if we don’t fight back. It must stop."

Several outlets, such as CNN and Reuters, are drawing comparisons to the 2016 shooting at gay nightclub in Florida. In what was the worst mass shooting in US history at the time, 49 people lost their lives after a gunman opened fire at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlando.

Our thoughts continue to go out to all of those affected by this tragedy.

Featured image credit: Iphotothings / Stockimo / Alamy