Officials name suspect in Club Q shooting
Police on Sunday named the suspected gunman in the Club Q nightclub shooting as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22.
Officials said that two people in the club had subdued Aldrich, who was believed to be carrying two weapons, one of them a long rifle. He was injured during the attack and was under arrest.
Police did not provide details about his injuries.
Mondaire Jones, one of first gay Black men in Congress, ‘outraged’
Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., one of the first gay Black men elected to Congress, tweeted that he was “outraged” by the attack on an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
“I’m praying for the loved ones of those lost, and wishing those injured a quick recovery. The perpetrator must be brought to justice,” he wrote Sunday morning. “Members of the LGBTQ community deserve to live full lives.”
Sen. Hickenlooper: Nightclub shooting an ‘unspeakable act’
The Colorado Springs nightclub shooting is an “unspeakable act,” Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., tweeted Sunday morning.
“Horrendous to hear about the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. An unspeakable act. We have to protect LGBTQ lives from this hate,” he wrote.
Lawmakers across the state joined him in condemning the attack.
“I’m thinking of all victims and their families, & will continue monitoring the situation,” Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., tweeted. “My heart is with our LGBTQ+ community as we all reel from this violence.”
“We have so much work to do to stop this from happening again,” Rep. Judy Amabile, a Democratic state lawmaker who represents Boulder, tweeted.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., a vocal gun rights advocate, called the shooting “absolutely awful,” The New York Times reported.
“This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly,” she said, according to the newspaper.
Meanwhile, Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., one of the first gay Black men elected to Congress, tweeted that he was “outraged.”
“Members of the LGBTQ community deserve to live full lives,” he wrote.
And Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted that he was “sickened and horrified.”
“The LGBTQ+ community is once again the target of the most terrible violence,” he wrote. “And devastating attacks like these will only become more common if we don’t fight back.”
Colorado governor commends ‘brave individuals’ who blocked gunman
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called Saturday’s attack on an Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub “horrific, sickening and devastating,” and commended the the “brave individuals” who stopped the shooter.
“My heart breaks for the family and friends of those lost, injured, and traumatized in this horrific shooting,” he said in a statement,” Polis, the first openly gay governor of a U.S. state, said in a statement. “We are eternally grateful for the brave individuals who blocked the gunman likely saving lives in the process and for the first responders who responded swiftly to this horrific shooting.”
Victims taken to area hospitals via ambulance and police cars
Victims of the shooting at Club Q were taken to local hospitals via ambulance and police cruisers, according to Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Pamela Castro.
“The hospitals are helping us to notify family who have been injured,” Castro said at an early morning briefing.
Castro said she expected the number of casualties to change as the investigation unfolded.
“We will be here for many many hours to come,” Castro said.
New York Gov. Hochul ‘horrified’ by shooting
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was “horrified” by the shooting at Club Q.
“My heart breaks for the victims and their loved ones,” she said in a statement. “This senseless loss of life is yet another tragedy due to gun violence and hate, and I join all New Yorkers in praying for the people of Colorado.
She added: “As the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights movement, New York has always stood strong against all forms of hatred and bigotry, and this horrific attack reminds us that we must condemn anti-LGBTQ violence in all forms. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, today and always.”