LGBTQ Nightclub Shooter Leaves 5 Dead, 18 Injured

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Sunday night a shooter opened fire at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five individuals and wounding 18, The Hill reported.

According to Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Pamela Castro, officers were alerted about a gunshot at Club Q at 11:57 p.m. The suspect was hit and was taken to receive medical attention.

The FBI was on the site aiding in the case, Castro continued, and the victims were sent to a number of nearby hospitals.

Police will release another update later on Sunday morning, according to the agency.

Castro refused to give a reason for the shooting, stating that the inquiry was still underway.

The incident is reminiscent of the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” the club said in a statement, as reported by The Hill. “Our [prayers] 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.”

In 2016, one of the bloodiest mass shootings in American history began when a gunman opened fire inside an LGBTQ nightclub, killing 49 people before the shooter was killed in a firefight with police.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 601 mass shootings in the US this year, which are those that leave at least four people injured or dead, excluding the gunman. This year, there have apparently been close to 40,000 gun-related fatalities.

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