A 22-year-old gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring 18 before he was subdued by “heroic” patrons and arrested by police who arrived on the scene within about five minutes, police said Sunday.
Two firearms, including a “long rifle,” were found at the scene at Club Q, said Colorado Springs Police Department Chief Adrian Vasquez.
“At least two heroic people” confronted the gunman and stopped the shooting, the chief said, adding: “We owe them a great debt of thanks.”
Authorities received the report of a shooting at Club Q at 11:57 p.m. Saturday, with Lt. Pamela Castro of the Colorado Springs Police Department saying a motive in the shooting is not yet clear.
Colorado Springs is a city of about 480,000 located about 70 miles south of Denver.