Colorado LGBTQ nightclub shooting victims mourned as community pushes for answers


Heroic patron used suspect’s own handgun to hit and disable him, mayor says

One of the two heroic patrons who were able to subdue the suspect in the deadly Colorado Springs attack used the suspect’s own handgun to hit and disable him, the town’s mayor said.

Speaking on NBC’s “TODAY” show, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said one of the patrons was able to take the suspect’s handgun away from him and “use that weapon not by shooting it, but by hitting him and disabling him.”

“It’s an incredible act of heroism,” the mayor said. “That act probably saved a lot of lives.”

Celebrities pay tribute to shooting victims at American Music Awards

A number of celebrities used their time on stage at the American Music Awards on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly shooting at Club Q.

Dove Cameron, a former Disney Channel actor who reached the Billboard charts this year with her hit single “Boyfriend,” paid tribute after being named best new artist at the awards show.

“Every award that I ever win will always first and foremost be dedicated to the queer community at large,” Cameron said.

“On the heels of the tragedy at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is and how important our community is,” she said.

Comedian and host Wayne Brady also paid tribute to the victims and their families, saying: “We have to stop this senseless and terrible gun violence.” 

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Colorado Springs shooting has ‘all the trappings of a hate crime,’ mayor says

The deadly shooting at the Club Q LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs has “all the trappings of a hate crime,” the town’s mayor said Monday.

Speaking on NBC’s “TODAY” show, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said the motive behind the shooting that left five people dead and 25 injured was still under investigation.

“We need to look at social media. We need to look at all kinds of other information that we’re gathering from people that knew the individual before we make any definitive conclusions about a motivation, but it certainly, as I say, has the trappings of a hate crime,” he said.

The mayor said that due to Colorado law he could not comment on reporting that a man with the suspect’s name and age was the subject of a June 2021 report of a bomb threat. “I think the district attorney will be filing some motions in court today that will allow law enforcement to talk more about any criminal history that this individual might have,” he said.

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