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Colorado Gay Club: Five dead, 18 injured in shooting inside the club

Colorado Gay Club: Five people were killed and 18 others injured after a gunman opened fire at a gay club in Colorado Springs, USA on Sunday, as reported by The Mirror.

A suspect was in custody and was being treated for injuries after the attack at Club Q, Colorado Springs Lieutenant Pamela Castro told a news conference, as reported by Reuters.

Police got the initial phone call just before midnight about the shooting, Castro said.

A video on social media showed a large number of police vehicles and ambulances lining the streets outside the club.

The attack comes on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is observed annually on November 20 to memorialise anyone murdered as a result of transphobia.

Michael Anderson, Club Q bartender, told The Mirror about the horrors he witnessed as a shooter rampaged through the club.

He said: “I was afraid I was going to die. I was preparing to get shot, when the shots then stopped. After a minute or two I wasn’t sure if it was over or not, so I got up and decided to make a run for it. I found a man lying on the floor being shot in the neck.”

In a statement on social media, Club Q said it was “devastated by the senseless attack on our community” and offered condolences to victims and their families.

“We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack,” the statement said.

Club Q – where the incident took place – advertises itself as an “Adult-oriented gay & lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights such as karaoke, drag shows & DJs”, the report said.

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