According to authorities, “heroic people” confronted the gunman who had just killed five people at a gay bar in the US and stopped him from killing any more.
At Club Q in Colorado Springs, at least 18 more people suffered injuries.
The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, was detained and received medical attention for his wounds.
Officers claimed at a press conference that the shooter approached the area brandishing a “long rifle” and immediately started firing.
Police Chief Adrian Vasquez of the city said: “At least two brave club patrons engaged the suspect in combat and managed to dissuade him from killing and hurting more people.
We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
The mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers, stated that their deeds “certainly saved lives.”
According to Mr. Vasquez, the FBI is helping with the investigation because at least two firearms were discovered on the scene.
To determine who died and whether anyone assisted the suspect, his police are investigating.
The homosexual governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, praised the “brave people who blocked the gunman” and called the incident “horrific, horrible, and tragic.”
The location referred to the shooting as a “hate attack.” It read: “The attack on our community was senseless, and Club Q is devastated.
“All of the victims, as well as their families and friends, are in our prayers and thoughts. We appreciate the brave patrons’ swift efforts in tackling the shooter and putting a stop to this hate crime.”
According to Colorado Springs police lieutenant Pamela Castro, the first phone call announcing the shooting was received at 11:57 p.m. local time.
34 firefighters and 11 ambulances were dispatched to the scene of what was called “a mass casualty occurrence.”
Officers were able to enter the club right away, according to Lt. Castro.
The vicinity of the nightclub, which was situated in a mall outside of Colorado Springs, was sealed off.
As an “adult-oriented gay and lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights,” Club Q bills itself with activities like karaoke, drag performances, and DJ sets.
After karaoke on Saturday night, a DJ set and dancing were scheduled to start at 9 p.m. local time and last until 2 a.m.
In Orlando, Florida, a gay nightclub was attacked by a shooter in 2016, who killed 49 people before being shot dead by police. 50+ more people suffered injuries.
The shooting was considered a terrorist act and shooter Omar Mateen, 29, vowed allegiance to the Islamic State.