It’s so sad that hate crimes are still taking place when so many legal adjustments have been made for the LGBT community. Nevertheless, just before midnight on Saturday at a gay nightclub called Club Q in Colorado, a gunmen killed at least five people. The suspect, later identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was apprehended by police about five minutes after receiving a 911 call, Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said. However, the police had assistance as some citizens arrests were made. Vasquez called those who intervened “heroic.”
Furthermore, it should be noted the person who took the gun away held the suspect down until the police arrived, according to Mayor John Suthers. Police said the shooter used a long rifle. And on top of that, at least one other firearm was found at the premises.
Authorities have credited patrons at the club with confronting and disarming the gunman, preventing further injuries and likely loss of life. “We owe them a great debt of thanks,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said. Moreover, police believed the suspect acted alone. Meanwhile Aldrich was treated for injuries.
Subsequently, victims who were injured were also taken to several hospitals. And at least seven were in critical condition Sunday evening, according to authorities.
Club Q Shooting Brings Us to A Record Surpassing the Previous One
With the Club Q shooting, 2022 has already surpassed 2019 for the most mass killings in a year in the U.S. at 34, according to the AP/USA TODAY/Northeastern University database.
On Sunday, authorities were looking into whether to prosecute the attack as a hate crime, according to El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen. To add, he also mentioned that the charges against the suspect “will likely include first-degree murder.”
I’m heartbroken for everyone grieving in Colorado Springs today. It's horrifying and unacceptable to see hate against LGBTQ+ people fester in our communities. We must all call it out when we see it and help stop its spread.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 20, 2022