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LGBTQ Community Mourns as Colorado Shooter Kills Five

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An armed guy stormed an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado and began firing on the customers, killing five and wounding around 19 others.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is now facing many accusations, including five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated crime. Following an emergency call, cops apprehended the man at midnight. The inquiry, according to Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez, is ongoing. Despite attempts at interrogation, the suspect refuses to give a statement.

“I haven’t heard that he has not been cooperative, just simply that he has determined not to speak to investigators,” said Vazquez.

According to authorities, the gunman was armed with two firearms: a pistol and a long rifle. Using the long gun, the suspect shoots toward the crowd. However, investigators are still uncertain where the suspect obtained the firearms. The proprietor of the Colorado club, Matthew Haynes, claimed he spotted the gunman walking in with “tremendous firepower.” At roughly 11:56 p.m., onlookers reported the situation and contacted 911; a minute later, police came and caught the culprit.

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Colorado incident’s hero

However, the cops applauded the army veteran who protected the bar patrons. When the incident occurred, Rich Fierro was the first to react and subdue the shooter’s spree. In an interview, he stated that his reflexes assisted him in dealing with the circumstance. However, he stated that defending his family and others around him drove him to face the armed man.

“It’s the reflex. Go! Go to the fire. Stop the action. Stop the activity. Don’t let anyone get hurt. I tried to bring everybody back. There were five people that I could not help. And one of which was family to me. I’m going to see that guy in court. And that guy’s going to see who did him,” he said.

“At least two heroic people inside the club confronted and fought with the suspect and were able to stop the suspect. We owe them a great debt of thanks. I have never encountered a person who had engaged in such heroic actions and who was so humble about it. He said to me, ‘I was trying to protect my family,” said Vasquez.

“He saved dozens and dozens of lives. Stopped the man cold. Everyone else was running away, and he ran toward him,” recounted the shop owner.

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The importance of the bar

Many victims’ families, acquaintances, and relatives flocked to the area following the tragedy. Given what occurred and the location of the incident, the resultant atmosphere was depressing. The homosexual club in Colorado provides a safe space for the LGBTQ community to express themselves. It also allowed straight people to witness the joy of engaging with the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, the picture of freedom and enjoyment changed to one of grief and dread.

“In a world that can be so dark and so angry, it’s that one place that feels like home. We’re able to unwind and forget about our troubles with work, family, and society. Because of Club Q, we’re able to make friends that turn into family and be accepted for our true selves,” said Jewels Park.

“The LGBTQIA+ community has undergone so much bigotry and hatred already. To have our safe place ripped from us and to lose members of our community is a whole other type of hurt,” she added.

Photo Credit: Geneva Heffernan

Source: CNN

 

Based in LA, Alice Blake is a senior reporter for Kivo Daily. She primarily covers entrepreneurs.

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