A 22-year-old gunman, before midnight Saturday, using a long rifle, killed at least five people and injured 25 others at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 70 miles (112 kilometers) south of Denver. Some of the injured are in critical condition. The shooting came during Transgender Awareness Week and hours before Sunday’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The shooter was identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich. The gunman was confronted by “at least two heroic people” who stopped him. The violence lasted just minutes until police arrived. A total of 39 patrol officers responded and the suspect was detained. A motive wasn’t yet clear. The attack was being investigated to see if it should be prosecuted as a hate crime, said El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen .
The FBI said it was assisting but said the police department was leading the investigation. In a statement on social media, Club Q said it was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community.” The club will be closed until further notice. Club Q, which opened two decades ago, was planned to be open to a racially diverse crowd including college kids, military and older community members. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, called the shooting “sickening.”