At least five people killed in shooting at gay nightclub in Colorado Springs

At least five people were killed and another 25 were injured in a shooting late Saturday at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

The suspected shooter, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, is in custody, the chief of the Colorado Spring Police Department, Adrian Vasquez, said at a news conference Sunday morning.

Aldrich immediately began shooting when he entered the club about 11.55pm Saturday, and at least two patrons quickly confronted him and subdued him, Vazquez said. “We owe them a great debt of thanks,” he said.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. Whether or not it was a hate crime is part of the investigation into the attack, Vasquez said.

Joe Biden issued a statement on Sunday in which the president said “we must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against” the LGBTQ community.

“While no motive in this attack is yet clear, we know that the [LGBTQ] community has been subjected to horrific hate violence in recent years,” Biden said….

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This article was written by Sam Levine and originally published on www.theguardian.com