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Suspect in deadly LGBTQ club shooting was subdued by patrons, Colorado police say

People embrace in the overflow crowd outside a vigil at All Souls Unitarian Church in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Nov. 20. Five people were killed and about 25 injured in a shooting at Club Q the night before. (Matthew Staver for The Washington Post)

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Members of the LGBTQ community here were confronting a shattered sense of safety Sunday after a gunman opened fire at a gay and lesbian nightclub Saturday night, killing at least five people and injuring 25 others.

Club Q described the violence, on the eve of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, as a “hate attack.” Officials said that they were investigating whether the shooting was a hate crime and that they would seek murder charges for the suspect, a 22-year-old man who was previously arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat.

The suspect was in custody and being treated for injuries at a hospital Sunday morning, Lt. Pamela Castro, a police spokesperson, told reporters. She declined to comment on a motive and said the FBI was assisting in the investigation.

Here’s what to know

  • Police identified the lone suspect as Anderson Lee Aldrich. He was injured and subdued, authorities said, after firing with a “long gun.”
  • Some patrons at the club “confronted and fought” the shooter, preventing others from being killed, police said.
  • At least two people were in critical condition Sunday. Authorities had not released the identities of the victims.
  • President Biden sent a message of support to LGBTQ people and said the attack was part of “horrific hate violence” that has plagued the country in recent years. “Gun violence continues to have a devastating and particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation and threats of violence are increasing,” he said in a statement.
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Police identified the lone suspect as Anderson Lee Aldrich. He was injured and subdued, authorities said, after firing with a “long gun.”
Some patrons at the club “confronted and fought” the shooter, preventing others from being killed, police said.
At least two people were in critical condition Sunday. Authorities had not released the identities of the victims.
President Biden sent a message of support to LGBTQ people and said the attack was part of “horrific hate violence” that has plagued the country in recent years. “Gun violence continues to have a devastating and particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation and threats of violence are increasing,” he said in a statement.

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Francis and Sands reported from London, Somasundaram and Iati from Washington, and Brasch from Atlanta.

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