5 Dead, Many Injured As Gunman Opened Fire At A Gay And Lesbian Nightclub

A gunman opened fire at a gay and lesbian nightclub Saturday night, killing at least five people and injuring 25 others.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Club Q, where the shooting took place, described the violence, which occured on the eve of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, as a “hate attack.”

Officials said that they were investigating whether the shooting was a hate crime and that they would seek murder charges for the suspect, a 22-year-old man who was previously arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat.

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The suspect was in custody and being treated for injuries at a hospital Sunday morning, Lt. Pamela Castro, a police spokesperson, told reporters. She declined to comment on a motive and said the FBI was assisting in the investigation.

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Here’s what to know about the incident;

Police identified the lone suspect as Anderson Lee Aldrich. He was injured and overpowered, authorities said, after firing with a “long gun.”

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Some patrons at the club “confronted and fought” the shooter, preventing others from being killed, police said.

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At least two people were in critical condition Sunday. Authorities had not released the identities of the victims.

President Biden sent a message of support to LGBTQ people and said the attack was part of “horrific hate violence” that has plagued the country in recent years. “Gun violence continues to have a devastating and particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation and threats of violence are increasing,” he said in a statement.

Club Q also took to their social media pages to condemn the senseless and prayed for the victims’ families;

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May the soul of the departed rest in peace. AMEN

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