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According to police, at least 5 people have been killed and 18 injured in a mass shooting at a gay club on Saturday in Colorado Springs. They said they received a number of 911 calls about the shooting around 11:56 and 57 seconds, just a few minutes before midnight, and the initial officers were dispatched at 11:57 p.m.

Authorities arrived in the area at 12 a.m. and the suspect—whom police identified as 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich—was detained and subsequently taken into custody at 12:02 a.m.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said, “At least two heroic people inside the club confronted and fought with the suspect and were able to stop the suspect from continuing to kill and harm others. We owe them a great debt of thanks.”

“They did locate one individual who we believe to be the suspect inside,” said Lt. Pamela Castro, Colorado Springs police spokesperson. “At this point in time, the suspect is being treated, but is in custody.”

The police added that multiple victims were taken to hospitals by ambulance and police cruisers but there were also those who drove themselves to the hospital. They reiterated that the number of victims could change as the ongoing investigation, which the authorities describe as very early and complex, continues.

Further, Castro said in a recently concluded press conference that the authorities conducted, “The club is a safe haven of our members of the community so we are deeply shocked and saddened that this occurred.”

In the same press conference, Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez expressed his condolences to the family of the bereaved, saying that they stand with the victims during this tragedy.  He said, in part:

We are working tirelessly to ensure that justice for the victims in this senseless and evil shooting is given. Club Q is a safe haven for our LGBTQ citizens. Every citizen has the right to feel safe and secure in our city, to go about our beautiful city without fear of being harmed or treated poorly. I’m so terribly saddened and heartbroken.

Watch said conference below:

Meanwhile, Club Q, where the shooting happened, released a statement through their social media account. It reads:

Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community. 

Our prayers 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.

The incident is reminiscent of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016, that left 49 dead and over 50 others wounded.

This is not Colorado’s first deadly mass shooting. On April 20, 1999, a school shooting and attempted bombing occurred at Columbine High School that left 15 dead and 24 injured.  There was also the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting that occurred inside a Century 16 movie theater on July 20, 2012, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

We, the Adam4Adam community, are thinking of the victims, friends, the LGBTQ community, and their families during this difficult and sorrowful time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we wish all of you strength, love, and comfort.

To all: stay safe and healthy, wherever you are in the world.

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