Looking into the ‘Mass Shooting At LGBTQ Nightclub Leaves 5 Dead In Colorado Springs:’ Five people were killed and at least 25 injured late Saturday when a gunman burst into Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and opened fire. The gunfire ended just minutes later when two club patrons took the shooter down and held him there until police arrived, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Mass Shooting At LGBTQ Nightclub Leaves 5 Dead In Colorado Springs:
“I could have lost my life — over what? What was the purpose? We were just enjoying ourselves. We weren’t out harming anyone. We were in our space, our community, our home, enjoying ourselves like everybody else.” Joshua Thurman, who hid in a drag queen dressing room and survived the massacre, told the Denver Post.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told CNN that 19 of the injured were gunshot victims, with the rest injured in frantic attempts to get away. Several of the gunshot victims are in critical condition. Police arrested 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, who was also taken to the hospital for treatment of the injuries he received when bar patrons stopped his rampage.
These are his fatal victims:
Daniel Aston, 28. Club Q bartender Aston, a trans man, told his mother he was a boy when he was 4 years old. After his transition, she said, he was the happiest he’d ever been. “It’s just unbelievable,” Sabrina Aston said. “He had so much more life to give to us, and to all his friends and to himself.” — Denver Post
Derrick Rump, 38. Rump was also a co-owner of Club Q as well as a bartender and was originally from Berks County in Pennsylvania. “Loving, supportive, with a heavy hand in his drink, pouring, and just a really good listener and would not be afraid to tell you when you were wrong instead of telling you what you wanted to hear and that was really valuable,” his friend, Anthony Jaramillo, said. — KYW
Kelly Loving, 40. Loving was visiting Colorado Springs from her home in Denver. She previously lived in Florida. “She was a tough woman,” her friend Natalee Skyee Bingham said. “She taught me how it was to be a trans woman and live your life day to day.” — New York Times
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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