Updated at 4:45 p.m
Several hundred people gathered for a vigil in downtown Colorado Springs Sunday morning to express hope, resilience and the importance of community. For more than two decades, Club Q has served as a safe haven for Colorado Springs’ LGBTQ+ community. During the vigil, co-owner Matthew Haynes said that like many others, he found himself there when there were no other places to go. Read the whole story here.
Updated at 2:08 p.m
Colorado lawmakers on Sunday expressed their shock and condemned the attack on the nightclub. Read the whole story here.
Updated at 1:11 p.m
CPR News has compiled resources for those affected by the shooting and tips for coping with trauma and grief. You can read our guide here.
Updated at 12:57 p.m
Chaplain and former police officer Michael Travis played Taps in front of Club Q in Colorado Springs. Travis said he and his husband almost went to the club last night but opted to check in early instead. For the two men, the club is a second home: “We have a lot of friends who work here and perform here,” said Travis. “Not knowing who you’ve lost is pretty devastating in itself.”
Updated 11:50 a.m
In a press release, the City of Colorado Springs Joint Information Center updated the number of people injured in the shooting to 25. People are being treated at UC Health Memorial Hospital and Penrose Hospital. The names of the victims were not released.
Updated 10:51 am
Ahead of the morning service at Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church, Pastor Alycia Erickson said: “This morning we have our Sunday morning service that we have every week. But we completely changed the service” to honor the lives of the people who died and those injured in the shooting.
Updated at 8:42 a.m
Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said initial investigations showed the shooter, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, entered the club and immediately began shooting people with a rifle. The first 911 call was made at 11:56 p.m., the first officer arrived at midnight. Aldrich was arrested two minutes later. “At least two heroic people at the club confronted and fought the suspect and were able to stop the suspect from continuing to kill and harm others,” Vasquez said Sunday morning.
Shooting victims who needed medical attention at the scene went to three different hospitals. Seven went to Centura Penrose Hospital, ten went to Memorial Central and two went to Memorial North.
Five people were killed and 18 others injured after a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub late Saturday night.
One suspect is in police custody and is being treated for injuries at a local hospital.
According to Lt. Pamela Castro, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Springs Police Department, is investigating the shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ club in northeast Colorado Springs. The FBI is supporting the investigation, the agency’s Denver office said on Twitter.
Club Q said they were devastated by the attack and called the incident a hate crime in a Facebook post Sunday morning.
“We thank the quick responses from heroic customers who overwhelmed the shooter and ended this hate attack,” the post reads.
One victim ran from the scene to a nearby 7-Eleven and collapsed, according to Giovanni Bowden, who worked there at the time.
“One of the victims was shot seven times and ran over here … trying to get help,” he said. “He has collapsed. That’s why the police tape is over there.
Others who had been to the club also came to the store, he said. Some of them and Bowden’s colleague tried to stabilize the victim by applying pressure to wounds.