Catholic leaders have condemned the attack on 19th November at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that killed at least five people and injured at least 25.
Seven of those wounded were in critical condition. The church leaders-the archbishop of Denver, leaders of religious orders and congregations, and a Catholic outreach group to members of the LGBTQ community-also prayed for those impacted by the attack and urged for an end to hate crimes and use of language that condemns those in the LGBTQ community.
The suspected gunman, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, faced murder and hate crime charges on 21st November, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, adding that the suspect used an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon in the attack at Club Q before he was subdued by people at the club.
On its Facebook page, the club thanked the “quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack” within minutes of the alleged gunman opening fire after entering the club shortly before midnight on 19th November.
It also noted that a drop-in centre was set up at a nearby hotel, with counselling services available all week. Police have identified the deceased victims as Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh and Derrick Rump. Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila said he was “saddened by this tragic and senseless act.”
Picture: People in Colorado Springs, Colorado, react on 20th November 2022, after a mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub. At least five people were killed and 25 others injured by a 22-year-old gunman who entered the nightclub just before midnight on 19th November and immediately opened fire. The shooting lasted just minutes before patrons confronted and stopped the suspected shooter, identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich. (CNS photo/Kevin Mohatt, Reuters)