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The FBI is investigating after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring 18 others on Sa
A suspect is in custody and being treated for injuries after the attack at Club Q on Saturday night, Lieutenant Pamela Castro told a news conference.
Images of the scene after the shooting showed security and emergency vehicles with flashing blinkers parked on a street near the venue.
Police got the initial phone call just before midnight about the shooting, Ms Castro said.
In 2016, a gunman killed 49 people at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, before he was shot dead by police. At the time it was the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
The shooter had claimed allegiance to a leader of the Islamic State. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
FBI joins investigation as detectives seek motive5 dead, 18 injuredGunman opens fire at Colorado Springs gay clubShow latest update
Death toll ‘subject to change’ as investigation unfolds – police
More people could be declared dead as the investigation continue, police have suggested.
Speaking at a press conference earlier, Colorado Springs lieutenant Pamela Castro said the death toll is “subject to change”.
The victims, she said, were taken to hospitals around the city.
Matt Mathers20 November 2022 12:34
Club Q: We’re ‘devastated’
Club Q has released a statement saying it is “devastated” by the “senseless attack” on “our community”.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends,” the statement adds.
“We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”
The night club describes itself as an “adult-oriented gay & lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights such as karaoke, drag shows & DJs.”
Matt Mathers20 November 2022 12:20
What do we know so far?
Shortly before midnight, police receive reports of shots being fired at Q Club, 3430 N Academy Blvd, Colorado SpringsMultiple emergency service vehicles attended the sceneFive people are declared dead, 18 others injuredA suspect is located inside the club, taken to hospital for injuriesLocal police say the FBI is assisting them with the investigationDetectives have so far declined to comment on the shooter’s motive
Matt Mathers20 November 2022 12:14
Five people have been killed and 18 others injured after a gunman opened fire at a gay club in Colorado Springs last night.
We’ll be bringing you updates on this developing story as the day progresses.
Matt Mathers20 November 2022 12:05