Colorado Springs: shooting in an LGBTQI club leaves at least five dead and eighteen injured
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A shooting left five people dead and 18 injured at Club Q, an LGBTQI nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, November 19. According The Colorado Springs Gazette, Police spokeswoman for the city of about 480,000 people, Pamela Castro, said law enforcement received a call reporting a shooting in progress shortly before midnight.

According to Pamela Castro, quoted by the local newspaper, the police officers who went to the scene “immediately found the suspected shooter inside”and the latter “was taken to hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries”.

The Colorado Springs police spokeswoman declined to comment on the shooter’s possible motives and said the FBI was cooperating with the investigation, precise The Washington Post. She also said that several of the injured having been transported to the hospital, the toll of the shooting could be heavier.

According to the daily in the American capital, the management of Club Q described on Facebook the events that took place in its premises as a “hateful attack”, explained that clients of the club had managed to subdue the alleged shooter, and declared herself “devastated by this senseless attack on our community”.

For The New York Times, this attack has “spread terror” in a place considered “a refuge and a place to escape hatred, discrimination and violence against LGBTQI people”.

Colorado, cursed state

The investigation will have to determine the motives of the alleged shooter, explains the New York daily, but “in recent decades”American LGBTQI nightclubs and bars have been repeatedly “the target of heinous attacks”. In 2016, a shooter who later pledged allegiance to the Islamic State killed 59 people and injured 53 others at the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

the washington post also notes that the State of Colorado was affected “disproportionately” by America’s epidemic of gun violence. An opinion shared by the New York Times, which reminds us that this western American state has been the scene of several of the “most resounding mass killings” of United States history, including the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 and the Aurora movie theater in 2012.

“The city of Colorado Springs, in particular, has been in mourning on several occasions”, recalls the New York newspaper. In May 2021, a shooter shot dead six people there during a birthday party.

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