In a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs in the US state of Colorado on Saturday night, five people were killed and 18 injured. The suspect was arrested.
Colorado Springs police were called to a shooting on North Academy Boulevard around midnight local time. So far, there are five dead and 18 injured but the number of victims could still rise as the lives of several of the injured are in danger, a police spokesperson stated. The FBI is at the scene. One suspect was arrested and is currently in a hospital. There is no clarity on the motive at the moment.
"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," the club stated on Facebook. "We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack."
Police forces were notified just before midnight. By around 04:00, the club had been evacuated and a perimeter set up to keep curious people at bay.
In 2016, a similar attack occurred at an LGBTQ queer nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Then, a man shot 49 people dead in the club, and was later killed in a gunfight with police.