US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the US “cannot and should not tolerate hate,” hours after at least five people were killed and 18 injured in a mass shooting at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub.
“We must dispel the inequalities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people,” Biden said in a statement. “We cannot and must not tolerate hate.”
He was speaking after a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Joe Biden said, “We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all forms. I signed the most important gun safety bill in nearly three decades, but we must do more.”
Jill and I are praying for the families of the five killed in Colorado Springs and for those injured in this senseless attack.
While there is no clear motive for this attack yet, we know that gun violence has a particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our country.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 20, 2022
“Places that are supposed to be safe spaces of acceptance and celebration should never be turned into places of terror and violence. Yet it happens far too often. We must dispel the inequalities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people,” he said in a statement from the White House.
“Jill and I are praying for the families of the five people who died in Colorado Springs and those injured in this senseless attack. While there is no clear motive for this attack yet, we know that gun violence has a particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities around the world. our nation,” Biden tweeted.
Police said “heroic” clubbers fought and stopped a gunman shortly after he opened fire.
At least two people at the club confronted and fought the gunman and prevented further violence, Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude,” he said.
Police identified the suspect as Anderson Lee Aldrich, a 22-year-old man, who shot at customers with a long gun, a powerful weapon that can inflict devastating wounds.
He was taken into police custody shortly after the shooting began and was being treated for injuries, according to officials.
The violence lasted only minutes. Police received numerous 911 calls starting at 11:56 p.m., officers were dispatched at 11:57 p.m., an officer arrived at midnight, and the suspect was detained at 12:02 a.m., police said.
A total of 39 patrol officers responded, police said, and fire chief Mike Smaldino said 11 ambulances were on scene, NewsMadura reported.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the country to be elected governor in 2018, praised the “brave individuals who blocked the shooter” in a statement on Twitter calling the shooting “horrific, sickening” mentioned. , and devastating.”
The shooting location is reminiscent of the 2016 attack at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman who swore allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people and injured at least 53.
Colorado has been the site of some of the most horrific mass shootings in U.S. history, including the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting, NewsMadura reported.
In a statement posted on social media, Club Q said it was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community” and thanked “the quick responses from heroic customers who suppressed the shooter and ended this hate attack.”
Club Q previously posted that the Saturday night lineup would include a punk and alternative show at 9pm followed by a dance party at 11pm.
The club also planned to hold a drag brunch and drag show on Sunday for Transgender Day of Remembrance. The club’s website now says it will be closed until further notice, NewsMadura reported.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NewsMadura staff and is being published from a syndicated feed.)
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