The suspect who fired several shots on Saturday night at an LGBT nightclub in Colorado, in the United States, killing at least five people and wounding 18 others, has been detained, police said.
“At least two people in the club confronted him and managed to stop him from continuing to kill,” said Adrian Vasquez, head of the local police.
The 22-year-old shooter, identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, had two weapons, including a small-caliber shotgun for close- and medium-range precision shooting, he said.
According to Adrian Vasquez, the gunman entered the club and immediately started shooting at the participants.
The incident took place at a club called Club Q, which hosts transvestite shows, among other activities, and is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Police officers responded to a call around 23:57 local time (06:57 in Lisbon) reporting an ongoing shooting at the local club, known as Club Q.
Inside, they located an individual “who they believe to be the suspect” and who has now been arrested after having killed at least five people and injured 18 others, some of them in critical condition, so the number of deaths could increase.
Club Q thanked the police for their quick response, calling them “the heroic patrons who subdued the shooter and prevented this heinous attack”, according to a publication posted on the club’s Facebook page.