Five people were killed and another 18 injured in a mass shooting incident last night at a gay nightclub in Colorado.
The shooting occurred at Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight. Police said they have a suspect in custody. A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police, Lt. Pamela Castro, said multiple 911 calls were placed starting at 11:57 p.m. local time reporting the shooting. Police were quickly dispatched to the scene.
“They did locate one individual who we believe to be the suspect inside,” said Castro. “At this point in time, the suspect is being treated, but is in custody.”
Police have remained tight-lipped about the identity of the suspect, how he was injured, or a possible motive.
“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” the popular nightclub posted to social media early this morning. “Our prays and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends.”
While police provided few details on the incident, Club Q thanked “the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
The nightclub had been hosting a punk alternative drag show followed by a dance birthday celebration.
The largest mass shooting incident against the LGBTQ+ community took place on June 12, 2016, when Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire with a firearm at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and injuring 53 others. Mateen, who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was shot and killed by police after a three-hour standoff.