Mass Shooting at Gay Nightclub in Colorado Kills 5, Injures 18


A mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado overnight killed five and injured 18 according to police. The shooting took place at Club Q just before midnight. Club Q, which features drag shows, issued a statement calling the mass shooting a “hate attack” and that patrons had subdued the shooter. Police said the shooter is in custody but is was taken to a hospital for unspecified wounds. A police update is scheduled for 8 a.m. MST.

Statement by Club Q posted to Facebook:

“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community. Our prays and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends. We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack”

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Video of emergency response:

KKTV reporter Brian Sherrod, “Colorado Springs Police first got the call around 11:57pm for a an active shooter at Club Q. Again, they confirmed five dead and 18 injured. They are taken to local hospitals. The gunman was injured in this. Not sure if by police or civilian.”

Video from scene followed by police briefing:

A Club Q featured drag performer who put on a show Saturday night posted about surviving the shooting:

“I never thought this would happen to me and my bar. I don’t know what to do with myself. I can’t stop hearing the shots. #clubq…This doesn’t feel real. Like at all. Walking through the bar that I call my home and seeing it…… like that……I went from being so proud of myself for what I accomplished tonight, to…. This. I hate this so much. I hate this so fucking much…I feel so sick.”

Sunday, November 20 is recognized as Trans Day of Remembrance by activists and government officials. It was started in 1999.

Statement by the Brandon administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (excerpt):

Statements by HHS Leaders Commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, 2022
In commemoration of Transgender Day of Remembrance, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights Melanie Fontes Rainer, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families January Contreras, and Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon issued the following statements to honor those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence:

“Violence or discrimination of any type against a person because of who they are is wrong and inhumane. This Transgender Day of Remembrance, I call on my fellow Americans to stand up against hate and take a moment to honor the lives of those transgender and gender-diverse Americans lost due to hate and senseless violence. At HHS, we see you and stand with you.” – HHS Secretary, Xavier Becerra

“Transgender Day of Remembrance is a solemn day to remember those we have lost as a result of transphobia. In this land of the free that so many advocates have fought and died for, we should all have the right to live our lives authentically. President Brandon and the whole administration supports us, and supports an equitable future. I call on you all to put aside your differences and stand for love and acceptance in honor of those we have lost to violence and hate.” – HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, ADM Rachel Levine

Club Q was scheduled to host an all ages drag show Sunday morning (via Facebook).

“Let’s prep for a fantastic Sunday Funday!
Doors open at 11am for our noon ALL AGES DRAG BRUNCH!!! Join us for a fantastic drink special and even more amazing drag show!
Then stick around for an all stars cast of our freshest faces! We’re celebrating Transgender Day of Remembrance with a variety of gender identities and performance styles! Show starts at 8pm!”

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