BREAKING: Five dead, 18 injured in shooting at gay nightclub

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emergency vehicles with flashing blinkers parked on a street, after a shooting in a club, in Colarado Springs, Colorado, U.S November 20, 2022, in this picture obtained from social media. in this picture obtained from social media. Trey Deabueno/TWITTER @TREYRUFFY/via REUTERS
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BREAKING: Five dead, 18 injured in shooting at gay nightclub

 

Five people were killed on Saturday night (November 19) at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, police have revealed.

Another 18 people were injured in the mass shooting at Club Q, according to reports from Reuters.

Club Q is a gay and lesbian nightclub that features a “Drag Diva Drag Show” on Saturdays, according to its website.

 

It is reported that “numerous” 911 calls, starting at 11:57 p.m., were picked up by emergency services, who attended the scene and secured who they believe to be the suspect.

Colorado Springs Police Lt. Pamela Castro said:

“They did locate one individual who we believe to be the suspect inside,” said Castro. “At this point in time, the suspect is being treated, but is in custody.”

 

 

It’s not known whether the suspect is included in the count of people who were injured during the shooting.

Colorado Springs Fire Capt. Mike Smaldino said 11 ambulances responded to the scene after multiple 911 calls were received.

“We will be here for many, many hours to come,” said Castro, adding that the FBI is on the scene and assisting.

 

This story will be updated as it develops

In a post 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. Details of how the shooting ended have yet to be released by police, but Castro said “this was not an officer-involved shooting.”