Colorado Police have identified Anderson Lee Aldrich as the suspect responsible for the shooting at Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs Police Department Deputy Chief Adrian Vasquez confirmed the suspect’s identity at a press conference on Sunday morning, hours after five people were killed and 18 others were injured inside LGBT+ nightclub Club Q.
He is 22 and police haven’t released his photo.
He is a resident of Colorado Spring, El Paso County, Colorado.
Where is the suspect currently?
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is now in custody and is currently being treated at a local hospital.
He was apparently previously been arrested for making a homemade bomb.
How did the shooting unfold?
The shooting took place after Club Q held a punk and alternative drag show called “Delusions”, hosted by performer Del Lusional.
The show began at 9pm, followed by a DJ and dancing from 11pm that was scheduled to go to 2am.
Gunfire was reported just before midnight with officers rushing to the scene.
“I was walking backstage when I heard the gunshots. I only saw the after math and even then, I didn’t wanna look,” Del Lusional wrote in a post on Twitter.
In another post, the performer said: “I never thought this would happen to me and my bar. I don’t know what to do with myself. I can’t stop hearing the shots.”
One victim ran from the scene to a nearby 7-Eleven and collapsed, according to a witness who spoke with Colorado Public Radio.
“One of the victims had gotten shot seven times and ran over here … trying to get some help,” he said. “He collapsed. That’s why that caution tape is out in the front there.”
A post on the club’s Facebook page said that people inside the building helped stop the gunman.
“Our [prayers] and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends,” according to a post on the club’s Facebook page. “We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
Latest details about Club q shooting incident
- The shooting took place during a drag queen event that began at 9pm and was set to finish at 2am.
The police received an initial call about a shooting at the nightclub at 11:56 p.m., said Lt. Pamela Castro, the Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman. Within six minutes, officers had entered the nightclub, Club Q, and had taken a suspect into custody, she said. The suspect was also injured and was being treated at a hospital.
Chief Vasquez said the gunman had used a long rifle. Two guns were recovered at the club, the chief said, adding that officials were investigating a motive.
The injured were taken to several hospitals, Lieutenant Castro said, adding that some also drove themselves to seek treatment, making the exact number of injured uncertain.
The F.B.I. said that it was involved in the investigation, and several Colorado lawmakers condemned the shooting. In a statement, Gov. Jared Polis praised the “brave individuals” at the nightclub who had “blocked the gunman.”
In a statement on its Facebook page, Club Q said it was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community.” The shooting at Club Q had echoes of the 2016 massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 after proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group.
What was the reason behind the Club q shooting?
The motives behind the Colorado Springs shooting were still under investigation on Sunday, but in recent decades, America’s L.G.B.T.Q. clubs and bars have been targeted in a series of hate-fueled attacks.