Five dead and 18 injured after gunman opened fire inside gay club in Colorado Springs


Five people have died after a gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Colorado last night.

At least 18 people were injured after shots were fired inside Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight, a police spokesperson has confirmed. 

Numerous victims, some in critical condition, were transported to nearby hospitals. The medical facilities are currently working to notify families of their loved ones’ conditions. 

The suspected gunman, who has not yet been publicly identified, is in custody and currently being treated at a local hospital. It is unclear how the suspect was injured.

FBI agents are ‘already on scene’ and assisting with the investigation, which Colorado Springs Lieutenant Pamela Castro told the media is in the preliminary stage.

Police are expected to provide more updates during a press conference today around 8am local time.

Five people have died after a gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Colorado last night 

At least 18 people were injured after shots were fired inside Club Q (pictured) in Colorado Springs just before midnight, a police spokesperson has confirmed

At least 18 people were injured after shots were fired inside Club Q (pictured) in Colorado Springs just before midnight, a police spokesperson has confirmed

General view of the Club Q gay nightclub as police respond to a mass shooting in Colorado Springs late last night

General view of the Club Q gay nightclub as police respond to a mass shooting in Colorado Springs late last night

On its Facebook page, a statement from Club Q sad it was 'devastated by the senseless attack on our community'

On its Facebook page, a statement from Club Q sad it was ‘devastated by the senseless attack on our community’

Colorado Springs police received initial reports of an active shooting at the club around 11.57pm last night. 

Images from the scene showed multiple security and emergency vehicles with flashing blinkers parked on a street near the venue. 

Homicide investigators will remain at the scene for ‘many, many hours’ as authorities work to process the scene.

The police did not give any information on the motivation behind the attack or the type of gun used. 

North Academy Boulevard between North Carefree Circle and Village Seven Road will remain closed while officials search the scene. Residents are advised to avoid the area. 

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has video footage of the attack is also asked to contact police. 

Images from the scene showed multiple security and emergency vehicles with flashing blinkers parked on a street near the venue

Images from the scene showed multiple security and emergency vehicles with flashing blinkers parked on a street near the venue

Homicide investigators will remain at the scene for ‘many, many hours’ as authorities work to process the scene. The police did not give any information on the motivation behind the attack or the type of gun used

North Academy Boulevard between North Carefree Circle and Village Seven Road will remain closed while officials search the scene. Residents are advised to avoid the area

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has video footage of the attack is also asked to contact police

North Academy Boulevard between North Carefree Circle and Village Seven Road will remain closed while officials search the scene. Residents are advised to avoid the area

In its Google listing, Club Q describes itself as an ‘adult-oriented gay and lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights such as karaoke, drag shows & DJs.’

On its Facebook page, a statement from Club Q sad it was ‘devastated by the senseless attack on our community.’

‘Our prays (sic) and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends,’ the club wrote.

‘We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.’

The shooting comes as America celebrates Trans Day of Remembrance. 

US Representative-elect Eric Sorensen took to Twitter this morning to issue his support for the victims and call on Americans to ‘turn down hateful rhetoric aimed at our LGBTQ community.’

Mr Sorensen said: ‘Devastating news in Colorado Springs where 23 people were shot at an LGBTQ club overnight, according to Police. As we pray for those fighting for life, we must use loud voices to stand up against hate.’

Police say it is too early to determine if the shooting was a targeted hate crime. 

Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris said: ‘Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, when we honor the memories of our murdered Trans siblings. Sadly we also grieve for people shot in an attack on an LGBT club in Colorado Springs last night. 

‘Honor their memories by fighting back against hate and defending Trans rights.’

Democrat Stephen Heidt, who recently lost his bid for Idaho governor, echoed their claims, saying: ‘Our family is praying for all those affected by the Colorado Springs Shooting. 

‘We have yet another gun crime, another hate crime. We must come together as a nation and stand against hate now. We are out of time.’

President of European Parliament Roberta Metsola also issued her condolences to the victims and their loved ones. 

‘My heart breaks at another deadly attack targeting the #LGBTIQ community-this time at a club in #ColoradoSprings in the US,’ she tweeted.

‘It’s another reminder of our duty to lead the fight against hate and ensure everyone is free to love who they wish to love & live as they wish to live.’

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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