Mourning in Colorado Springs.
The suspected gunman has not spoken to police after a fatal shooting at a gay, lesbian and trans nightclub in Colorado Springs. Police Chief Adrian Vasquez told the New York Times on Sunday. The attack killed five people and injured 25 others. Authorities are trying to determine if it was a hate crime.
When the attacker’s name was released by police, it was revealed that, according to official documents, he provoked police action last year by threatening his mother with a bomb. It is initially unclear what happened to the investigation against him at the time and how he obtained his weapons.
Gast overpowered him
A 22-year-old man walked into the club with an assault rifle and a submachine gun and immediately began shooting, according to police. He didn’t say a word about it. In the end, the attacker was overcome by the guests. He is now injured in the hospital.
The guest managed to wrestle the man’s gun and hit him with it, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told the New York Times. “He saved dozens and dozens of lives,” one of the club’s owners, Matthew Haynes, said at the short-lived memorial event. The attack ended after about a minute, Police Chief Vasquez said.
The club started a fundraiser
The attack happened on the night of Transgender Day, a day of remembrance for victims of transphobia. A transgender party with a drag show was planned for the night at a club called Club Q, reports local broadcaster KRDO. According to Vasquez, no threats were made against the club.
The club called for a fundraiser for the victims on its Facebook page. In interviews with local stations, guests describe the venue as the only club of its kind in Colorado Springs that was a “safe haven” for them to be themselves.
One of the biggest police actions
The police initially spoke of 18 injured. She corrected the number to 25 during the day, CNN and KKTV reported. It is unclear how many people were in the club at the time of the crime. According to the owners, perhaps due to the cold weather, it wasn’t as crowded as usual on a Saturday night.
KRDO talks about one of the biggest police operations in Colorado Springs history. The police emphasized that after the first call three minutes before midnight, the suspect was taken into custody at 00:02.
That’s what US President Biden says
US President Joe Biden expressed his condolences to the victims and their families. He emphasized that the gay, lesbian and trans community in America has experienced “incredible violence” in recent years. “We must not tolerate hate,” Biden wrote in a statement, reiterating his call for stricter gun laws.
In 2016, 49 people were killed in an attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, popular with the LGBTQ community. The shooter claimed responsibility for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization.
LGBT is the English abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The variants LGBTQ, LGBTQI or LGBTQIA+ are also often used. Each letter represents a different gender identity or sexual orientation. (SDA/noo)