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Colorado Springs’ Anderson Lee Aldrich shoots 30 people in Club Q; Mugshot still not released

At least 30 people were shot at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States right before midnight on November 19, 2022. Five of them were pronounced dead but the casualty toll is subject to change.

The other 25 who were injured were transported to hospitals. Authorities started receiving 911 calls at 11:57 p.m. 

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“They did locate one individual who we believe to be the suspect inside,” Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant Pamela Castro stated. “At this point in time, the suspect is being treated but is in custody.”

The suspect is Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22. Using a long rifle, he opened fire as soon as he entered Club Q that evening.

Patrons stopped and disarmed Aldrich. The Colorado Springs Police Department has yet to release the gunman’s mugshot.

“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” Club Q said in a statement. “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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Incorporated on June 19, 1886, Colorado Springs is the largest city in El Paso County. The city’s economy is driven primarily by the military, the high-tech industry and tourism.

Actors Kelly Bishop, 78, Chase Masterson, 59, Michael Boatman, 58, and Juli Ashton, 53, were born in Colorado Springs. Among the annual events in the city are a comic book convention and science fiction convention called GalaxyFest every February and a pride parade called PrideFest every July.

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