The motive behind Saturday’s shooting at a gay club in the US city of Colorado Springs, in which five people were killed and 25 injured, remains unclear. The suspect, a 22-year-old man, who was detained by police at the scene, is not cooperating with the investigation. This was reported to The New York Times by the head of the local police. At the time of the attack, the club was hosting an event to commemorate the International Day of Remembrance for Murdered Transgenders, which falls on November 20.
A gunman opened fire at Club Q, a nightclub where members of the LGBT+ community gather, on Sunday night. The police stated that a man wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire as soon as he entered the club. He was eventually stopped by at least two people, police said, who intervened in large numbers on the spot. The shooter was injured and is now in the hospital.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told The New York Times that one of the guests managed to snatch the gun from the man and knock him to the ground. When the police broke into the club, the visitor was still holding the assailant in his arms. “Their actions have clearly saved lives,” said local police chief Adrian Vazquez. According to him, the entire attack lasted about a minute.
The police have not yet confirmed the suspicion that it was a hate crime. However, District Attorney Michael Allen stated: that “it will be investigated and investigated from this point of view.” But “many factors” will need to be taken into account when determining charges. he stressed.
The city of Colorado Springs said it may be not all the wounded were shot. According to them, several people were injured while fleeing. According to doctors, two of the victims are in critical condition.the rest have less serious injuries and some of them have already been released.
A man with the same name as the attacker. – Anderson Lee Aldrich – was arrested last year for threatening his mother, according to police records. with a pipe bomb. He eventually surrendered to the police.