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5 dead, 18 injured in overnight shooting at Colorado Springs nightclub

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – Five people are dead and several others are injured after a shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub.

Watch a press conference below with more information:

At 1:03 a.m., the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) announced that a public information officer was responding to a reported shooting along N. Academy. Officers from the city’s four patrol divisions responded to the shooting.

According to the CSPD, officers responded to reports of an active shooting at Club Q in the 3400 block of N. Academy Blvd. at 11:57 p.m.

At the scene, CSPD Lt. Castro said officers immediately located the suspect inside the bar. This suspect has since been taken to hospital for medical treatment and is in custody. It is not known what these injuries are, however, Lt. Castro said this shooting did not involve officers.

Police say five people are dead and at least 18 others are injured in the shooting. The victims were transported to hospitals in the city.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department said they triaged the scene. This was treated as a response to a mass casualty event, which the CSFD said firefighters are trained for.

As of now, the CSPD said most of those uninjured in the shooting have been reunited with their loved ones. The department works with hospitals to notify families and loved ones of the injured and deceased.

CSPD stated N. Academy Blvd. is closed in both directions between N. Carefree Cir. and Village Seven Rd. as law enforcement works in the area. There is no timetable for how long this investigation will take, but people are asked to avoid the area until Sunday morning.

If you are looking for a loved one who may have been at Club Q on Saturday night, you are urged to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000.

Anyone who has video of the shooting or was a witness who has not yet been interviewed at the scene, please contact police. All vehicles present at the scene at the time of the shooting must remain on the scene, according to the CSPD.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is on the scene and assisting in the investigation. Officers are with the victims at the hospital.

Club Q’s released the following statement on their official Facebook page:

Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the victims and their families and friends.

We thank the quick reactions of the heroic customers who subdued the shooter and put an end to this heinous attack.

Club Q

The KRDO asked the police if they thought the attack was a hate crime. The CSPD said it was too early in the investigation to determine a motive.

According to the Club Q website, on Saturday night, a drag show took place earlier in the night and was scheduled to stay open until 2 a.m.

According to Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group, a mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed.

Lt. Castro said there will be a press conference at 8 a.m. with more information.

KRDO will broadcast this press conference.

This is a developing story.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement