WATCH: Colorado governor visits memorial for victims of Club Q mass shooting
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - At least five people are dead, and nearly two dozen physically injured after a person reportedly opened fire at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub before being stopped by two patrons being hailed as heroes.
WATCH as Governor Polis visits Club Q memorial at the top of this article.
The act of violence was carried out Nov. 19 just before midnight at Club Q near N. Academy and N. Carefree Circle.
On Monday, Colorado Springs Police provided an update on the number of victims reporting 17 were injured because of a gunshot wound, five injured in a manner other than a gunshot wound and 12 people who were a victim with no visible injuries. Police add that any other potential victims or witnesses should reach out to the FBI by calling 1-800-225-5324.
“CSPD completed the investigation at the scene of Club Q and released the building back to the owners on Friday, November 25th,” police posted to Twitter. “Starting Tuesday, November 29th at 8am, CSPD will be returning personal property left at Club Q by patrons.”
Property will be returned during a Resource Expo located at 3650 N. Nevada Ave from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The five victims who died have been identified through family, friends and police as:
-CLICK HERE to donate to a verified fundraiser page to help all the victims impacted.
-CLICK HERE to view a vigil held in honor of the victims.
-CLICK HERE for the GoFundMe “Central Hub” for donation information.
-Anyone dealing with a mental health emergency can call 9-8-8.
-CLICK HERE for other resources to help those impacted by the shooting.
Authorities shared an approximate timeline for the violent event that was carried out at Club Q near N. Academy Boulevard and N. Carefree Circle, just northeast of Palmer Park:
-11:56 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 19: Law enforcement says they received their first call on the incident
-11:57 p.m. on Saturday: The first officer was dispatched within seconds of the call coming in
-Midnight on Sunday: The first officers arrived at the scene. Two patrons had reportedly subdued the gunman
-12:02 a.m. on Sunday Nov. 20: The suspect was taken into custody
Colorado Springs Police say the suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, immediately started shooting as they entered, but was stopped by two people inside the bar. According to jail records, the suspect was at the El Paso County Jail as of 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, after being moved from the hospital. Click here to view a vigil held in honor of the victims.
The suspect was charged five counts of first degree murder and five counts of bias motivated crime to cause bodily injury.
During a briefing Nov. 20, the Colorado Springs Police Department reported two firearms, including what they described as a “long rifle,” were found at the scene. A motive is also being investigated, including the possibility of the violent attack being considered a hate crime.
“At least two heroic people” confronted the person and stopped the shooting, Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez stated. The men who jumped into action and are being hailed heroes were identified as Richard Fierro and Thomas James. Click here to hear Fierro speak about the tragedy as it unfolded.
Club Q stated the “official” donation site can be found at ColoradoGives.Org. Click here to help the victims.
Club Q made this statement on social media Nov. 20, “Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community. Our prays and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends. We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
Governor Jared Polis, the first openly gay governor in the United States, sent a statement to 11 News saying, “This is horrific, sickening, and devastating. My heart breaks for the family and friends of those lost, injured, and traumatized in this horrific shooting. I have spoken with Mayor Suthers and made it clear that every state resource is available to local law enforcement in Colorado Springs. 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. Colorado stands with our LGTBQ community and everyone impacted by this tragedy as we mourn together.”
Other Colorado leaders have posted to social media about the mass shooting. U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert:
Senator Michael Bennet:
Senator John Hickenlooper:
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