“The suspect in the rampage at a gay nightclub faced possible murder and hate crimes charges. Five people died and 18 were injured before the gunman was subdued by patrons.
The suspect accused of shooting up an L.G.B.T.Q. nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, killing five people, was being held Monday on possible murder and hate crimes charges. At least 18 were injured in the mayhem before the gunman was subdued by patrons, according to the authorities and the club’s owners.
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An Army veteran, Richard M. Fierro, told The New York Times that he went into “combat mode” to take down the gunman. He described charging through the chaos at the establishment, Club Q, after the shooting began, then tackling the gunman and beating him bloody. “He saved a lot of lives,” Mayor John Suthers said.
The authorities identified the five people who were killed in the shooting as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance. Here is what we know about them.
Colorado court records show that the suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was facing five counts of murder and five counts of bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury. District Attorney Michael J. Allen said the suspect was being held without bond, and that formal charges — which could change — would likely be filed after an initial court appearance.
Members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community around Colorado Springs said Club Q had felt like a haven in a conservative city long known for anti-gay activism. “This club was a refuge for our community,” said Bird Berg, 31, who attended a vigil with her wife. “I’m completely devastated.”