How patrons and police stopped and arrested the Club Q shooter within minutes of him opening fire in the crowded Colorado Springs nightclub

A bouquet of flowers is left near Club Q
A bouquet of flowers is left near Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 20, 2022.(Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP)
  • At least five people were killed and 25 others injured in a Saturday shooting at a club in Colorado.

  • The accused shooter was quickly taken into custody after club-goers subdued him.

  • The first 911 was made at 11:56 p.m. and the suspect was detained by police at 12:02 a.m.

At least five people were killed and 25 others injured when a gunman opened fire on Saturday night at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bullets ripped through Club Q as patrons were inside partying and dancing to the sounds of thumping music just before midnight.

A 22-year-old accused shooter was quickly taken into custody alive by police after heroic club-goers managed to take him down.

The entire deadly shooting unfolded in just minutes. Here's what we know:

Multiple 911 calls came in at 11:56 p.m.

Authorities said that a gunman entered Club Q on Saturday night and immediately began shooting at people inside.

Police received several 911 calls with the initial call made at 11:56:57 p.m., authorities said.

Club patron Joshua Thurman told The Associated Press that he was dancing inside the club where about two dozen other people were when shots suddenly rang out.

Thurman thought the noise was part of the music until he heard more shots and saw the flash of a gunshot.

"We were just enjoying ourselves. We weren't out harming anyone," said Thurman, who explained how he ran to hide in a dressing room with another club-goer.

Police were dispatched seconds later

Authorities with the Colorado Springs Police Department were quickly sent to the club.

The initial officer was dispatched at 11:57 p.m., said Colorado Springs Police Lt. Pamela Castro.

A quick emergency response 

The Colorado Springs Police Department said that the first officer arrived at the scene of the mass shooting at midnight — three minutes after being dispatched to the club.

In total, 39 patrol officers responded to the club along with 11 ambulances, officials said, according to CNN.

'Heroic' patrons confront the shooter 

As the gunman carried out the deadly shooting spree, at least two "heroic" people inside of the club went after him and managed to stop him, police said.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez identified the two individuals as Thomas James and Richard Fierro.

The club-goers "confronted and fought with the suspect and were able to stop the suspect from continuing to kill and harm others," Vasquez said.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said that the patrons were able to subdue the gunman by taking one of his guns and beating him with it.

Suthers said at a Monday press conference that the two "saved a lot of lives."

"I have never encountered a person who had engaged in such heroic action who was so humble about it," Suthers said of meeting Fierro. "He said 'I was just trying to protect my family.'"

Fierro pulled the gunman to the ground by grabbing his body armor, he said. Once sprawled on the floor, he noticed that the shooter not only had a rifle, now laying some feet away, but a handgun.

"I grabbed the gun out of his hand and just started hitting him in the head, over and over," Fierro recounted to The New York Times.

It was then that he asked for help restraining the shooter, who Fierro guessed was at least 300 pounds. Clubgoers responded, with one man securing the gunman's rifle. Then, Fierro told the Times, a fellow bystander stomped on the shooter using high heels.

Suspect detained by police at 12:02 a.m. on Sunday

The accused gunman was detained and taken into custody by police at 12:02 a.m. — just minutes after the first gunshots rang out, police said.

The suspect, who was injured, was taken to an area hospital for treatment. As of Monday, the suspect was still in the hospital. He'll be taken to jail with no bond, District Attorney Michael Allen said at the Monday press conference.

Authorities said that at least two firearms were found inside the club and that a "long rifle" was used in the attack.

A law enforcement official told the AP that the shooting spree was carried out with an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon.

Correction: November 24, 2022 — An earlier version of this story, citing The New York Times, misidentified one of the bystanders said to have intervened in the Club Q attack. The Times issued a correction citing an owner of the club as saying the person was a transgender woman and not a drag performer.

 

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