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Police take on suspect in ‘heartbreaking’ shooting in Colorado Springs

The FBI has joined an investigation in Colorado Springs after a gunman killed five people and wounded 25 others Saturday night after opening fire while entering an LGBT+ nightclub.

The police and the prosecutor’s office have named 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich as a suspect. The suspect reportedly carried an AR-15 style rifle. Two firearms were found at the scene.

At least “two heroic people within the club confronted and fought with the suspect” within minutes of him entering, said chief Adrian Vasquez, speaking at a press conference on Sunday.

Police responded within minutes of several 911 calls from the crime scene just before midnight on Saturday, when the club hosted drag performances and a DJ the day before the club was due to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance.

President Joe Biden urged members of Congress to reintroduce a ban on high-powered rifles, such as the AR-15-style weapon reportedly used in the attack. He also called on government officials to reject a “disturbing wave” of legislation designed to marginalize LGBT+ people as far-right activists and lawmakers continue to target drag events.

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AOC reprimands Lauren Boebert: “You don’t get out of here with ‘thoughts and prayers'”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Lauren Boebert after the Colorado congresswoman demanded an end to “lawless violence” after a 22-year-old gunman allegedly opened fire at an LGBT+ nightclub in his district, killing at least five people and 25 others were injured.

“You have been instrumental in pushing anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies as you spent your time in Congress blocking even the most common sense gun safety laws,” said the New York congressman. “You don’t get out of here with ‘thoughts and prayers’. Look within and change.”

She pointed to a legacy of political rhetoric from Republican officials that fueled hateful violence

“And now, after an anti-LGBT+ campaign, Colorado Springs. Connect the dots, @GOP,” she wrote.

Alex WoodwardNovember 20, 2022 10:45 PM

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Joe Biden calls again for assault weapons ban after ‘senseless’ shooting in Colorado Springs

President Joe Biden has reiterated his belief that America should reinstate an assault weapons ban after another AR-15 was used in a mass shooting; this time in the attack on a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs.

Alex WoodwardNovember 20, 2022 10:15 PM

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Joe Biden issues statement in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

In a statement in honor of Transgender Day of Rebrance on Sunday, President Joe Biden said that “there is no place for violence, hatred and bigotry in America.”

“But tragically, as last night’s attack in Colorado Springs reminds us, too many LGBTQI+ people in the United States – and around the world – continue to face unconscionable attacks,” he added.

“This is especially true for transgender Americans. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the 32 American transgender people known to have been taken from us by horrific atrocities this year,” he said. “The actual toll is likely much higher, with black and brown transgender women disproportionately targeted.”

The president said he is urging state leaders “to fight the troubling wave of discriminatory state laws against young transgender Americans — legislation that hurts young people that don’t hurt anyone.”

He also urged Congress to pass the Respect For Marriage Act, which passed a critical procedural hurdle last week on its way to full Senate approval, as well as the Equality Act “and provide long overdue protections for transgender people and all LGBTQI+ Americans.” “This is a matter of security and fundamental dignity,” he added. “As we mourn the lives we have lost, let’s resolve to continue building a country where every American can live free from fear and discrimination.”

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Alex WoodwardNovember 20, 2022 9:45 PM

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Colorado Healing Fund supports victims of Club Q

The state-run Colorado Healing Fund is collecting donations for victims and families affected by the mass shooting that left five people dead and injured 25 others, devastating Colorado Springs’ LGBT+ community.

The fund was established to help mass-casualty victims in Colorado and their families.

Alex WoodwardNov 20, 2022 9:20 PM

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‘Heroic’ witnesses intervened to stop shooting at Colorado Springs LGBT+ Club Q

A group of ‘heroic customers’ stopped a gunman at Club Q before police arrived.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said Sunday.

Alex WoodwardNovember 20, 2022 9:00 PM

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In photos: Mourners gather at Club Q memorial after five killed and 25 injured in mass shootings at LGBT+ club

Mourners gathered at a makeshift memorial surrounded by signs, flowers and painted crosses that explored five people killed in a mass shooting on Nov. 19 at Club Q, an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

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Kristen Morris and her son, Kai Morris, 6

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Jessy Smith Cruz hugs Jadzia Dax McClendon

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Alex WoodwardNov 20, 2022 8:45 PM

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Former police officer performs ‘Taps’ at impromptu memorial outside Club Q

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Chaplain and former police officer Michael Travis performed “Taps” near a makeshift memorial surrounded by flowers near Club Q in Colorado Springs.

He told Colorado Public Radio that he and his husband almost went to the club last night, but decided to stay home.

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According to CPR, the club is a second home for the two men.

“We have a lot of friends who work here and perform here,” he said. “Not knowing who you might have lost is pretty devastating in itself.”

Alex WoodwardNovember 20, 2022 8:30 PM

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Police are still trying to determine the owner of the firearms recovered at the scene

“Multiple firearms” were found at the scene of last night’s Club Q shooting, but “law enforcement is still working to determine who the firearms belonged to,” according to a press release from the City of Colorado Springs.

Officers determined that the suspect possessed a long rifle. The firearm used in the attack was reportedly an AR-15 style rifle.

Alex WoodwardNov 20, 2022 8:20 PM

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‘This is our only safe space’: Colorado Springs LGBT+ club shooting survivor describes a night of terror

A patron who survived the mass shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBT+ nightclub described his fear as he and other clubbers hid from the gunman in a locked room.

Joshua Thurman, 34, told local media he was celebrating his birthday on the dance floor at Club Q when a man began firing at customers with a rifle, killing five and injuring at least 25.

At times bursting into tears, Thurman said the attack “shattered” a vibrant community center for LGBT+ people in the Rocky Mountains town where drag performer Del Lusional had hosted a show.

Alex WoodwardNov 20, 2022 8:09 PM

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Update: Officials report 25 injured in mass shooting

At least five people have been killed and 25 others injured after last night’s mass shooting at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado, city officials reported.

The casualty list increased after officials became aware of seven others injured in the attack.

Alex WoodwardNov 20, 2022 7:48 PM