5 dead, more than a dozen injured in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub shooting, officials say

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Five people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a shooting at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub, officials said.

The venue, Club Q, in Colorado Springs, described the shooting as a “hate attack”, saying it was “devastated by the senseless assault on our community”. Authorities say at least 18 people were injured.

An image of several emergency vehicles with flashing lights parked on the street, following a shooting at a club, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Nov. 20, 2022, in this photo obtained from social media.

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“Our prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends,” the club said in a statement on Facebook. “We thank the prompt responses from heroic customers who suppressed the shooter and ended this hate attack.”

PHOTO: General view of the Club Q LGBTQ nightclub as police respond to a mass shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 20, 2022.

General view of the Club Q LGBTQ nightclub as police respond to a mass shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 20, 2022.

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Police said they received the first call around 11:57 p.m. Saturday night. They said a possible suspect was also injured and in custody.

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“Numerous officers and medics immediately responded to the area and officers immediately came in,” Lt. Pamela Castro, spokesman for the Colorado Springs Police Department, told reporters. “They have found a person who is believed to be a suspect inside.”

PHOTO: A police officer lifts cordon tape while in their vehicle as they respond to a mass shooting at the Club Q LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Nov. 20, 2022.

A police officer lifts the cordon tape while in their vehicle as they respond to a mass shooting at the Club Q LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Nov. 20, 2022.

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A suspect was among those transported to local hospitals, police said.

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The FBI was on the scene in Colorado Springs, officials said.

Ahmad Hemingway, Amanda Morris and Bonnie McLean of TBEN News contributed to this report.

This is an evolving story. Check back later for updates.

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