A mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday left at least five people dead and 18 others hurt, according to authorities.
According to Colorado Springs Police Lt. Pamela Castro, authorities were called to the scene at Club Q after receiving many 911 calls beginning at 11:57 p.m.
Castro added, “They did find one person inside who we believe to be the culprit.” The suspect is still receiving treatment while being held in custody.
Club Q sent a statement on social media in which said its devastated by the senseless attack on our community” and thanked “the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
Castro claimed that “this was not an officer-involved shooting” despite the fact that police withheld information about how the incident ended.
The scene is being compared by media and people involved to the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub massacre in 2016, when a shooter who vowed loyalty to the Islamic State killed 49 people and injured at least 53 others.
Some of the most prominent and well known shootings in US history have taken place in Colorado, including the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and the 2012 Aurora movie theater incident.
A motivate for this shooting has not been released and the police chose not to comment. Castro remained vague when asked if the suspect was counted among those hurt in the incident.
Castro said, “We will stay here for many, many hours to come,” noting that the FBI is present and helping.
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