Nightclub Shooting Leaves 5 Dead, 18 Injured

A photograph from social media showing the scene after a mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs late Saturday. | Image by Reuters

A shooting left at least five people dead and 18 injured in Colorado Springs last night.

Police are still investigating, but the suspect was apprehended and is being treated at a local hospital. The incident occurred at a gay nightclub called Club Q.

The public information officer from the Colorado Springs Police Department, Lt. Pamela Castro, explained, “It’s with a heavy heart I have to tell you that we had a shooting at a local club this evening. We got the initial phone call around 11:57 in the evening that there was an active shooting at a local club known as Club Q.”

“Numerous officers and medical immediately responded to the area, and officers immediately made entry. They did locate one individual believed to be the suspect inside,” Lt. Castro continued. “At this point in time, the investigation is in the very initial stages, but I can tell you we have 18 injured and five deceased. That number is subject to change as the investigation continues.”

The officer identified, “We have numerous people transported to multiple local hospitals via ambulance and police cruisers. The hospitals are helping us to notify family of the injured, to let them know.”

The suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital.

Law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were also on the scene and assisting in the investigation.

The nightclub released a statement saying, “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 club went on to suggest.

Law enforcement authorities have declined to comment as to the motivation of the suspect.

That night Club Q was hosting an 18-plus-only drag show and subsequent party. “Tonight, we’ve got double trouble,” the advertisement read. On Sunday, the club was hosting “another fantastic all-ages brunch.”

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