Police have verified that a shooting on Saturday night at a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, resulted in at least five fatalities and 18 injuries, according to a report by The Washington Examiner.
The culprit, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, started shooting inside the club, but two people quickly put a stop to him. Aldrich was hurt in the shooting and is now being treated at a hospital. According to authorities, he was in possession of two guns.
According to Colorado Springs Officer Lt. Pamela Castro, authorities were informed of the incident at 11:57 p.m. local time on Saturday, and police and firefighters quickly arrived at the scene.
Local authorities stated that the suspect was taken into custody by 12:02 a.m. after the first police officer arrived at the scene at 12:00.
An LGBT nightclub in the city called Club Q is where the incident took place. Officials stated that they have not yet designated the shooting as a hate crime because the reason for it is still unknown while the investigation goes on.
Club Q announced on its Facebook page early Sunday that it will be "closed until further notice" and on its website that it was"devastated by the senseless attack on our community."
Despite the lack of a clear cause, President Joe Biden denounced hate crimes against LGBT people in a statement on Sunday and called for action against gun violence.
We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all forms. I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, but we must do more.
And we must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot tolerate hate.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 20, 2022
In a statement released on Sunday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis offered condolences to those impacted and assured residents that the state is offering all available support to local authorities:
This is horrific, sickening and Devastating. My heart breaks for the family and friends of those lost, injured, and traumatized in this terrible 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 LGBTQ Community and everyone impacted by this tragedy as we mourn.
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) November 20, 2022
According to officials, two of the seven patients who were hospitalized following the shooting are still in "intensive care," while the other two have been discharged.