At least 5 dead and 18 injured in LGBTQ nightclub shooting

The shooting occurred in Colorado Springs, police said.

A gunman is suspected of opening fire on Saturday night at an LGBT nightclub in Colorado Springs, US, killing at least five people and wounding 18 others, police said. “There was a shooting at a local club tonight. We have eighteen people injured and five killed“said a police spokeswoman, Pamela Castro, warning that this assessment could evolve.

The wounded were transported to various hospitals in Colorado, a state in the center of the country.

Police officers responded to a call at approximately 11:57pm local time (6:57am Sunday) reporting a shooting was taking place at this local club, called Club Q, “located within an individual we believe to be the suspect“, has continued. This man, alleged to have shot and injured himself, was arrested and hospitalized.

The United States Federal Police (FBI) has also been asked to assist local law enforcement officers in the investigation.

Emergency medical personnel consisting of dozens of firefighters and 11 ambulances were deployed to the scene of the shooting, according to Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Mike Smaldino.

Club Q thanked you for your quick response.the heroic customers who overpowered the shooter and put an end to this heinous attackaccording to a message posted on Facebook on Sunday. The club saysheartbroken by this senseless attack on our community“.

The nightclub had announced an LGBT event on Saturday, an evening “with all kinds of gender and number identitieson the occasion of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, celebrated internationally on November 20th.

This day has been organized since 1998, after the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester, who became a symbol of the oppression suffered by the transgender community. The date of November 20 is an invitation to remember the victims of transphobia.

Orlando’s tragic precedent

Colorado Springs Police said they are planning an early Sunday morning press conference about the shooting. This new drama takes place in a context of resurgence of acts hostile to transgender people, according to statistics from the associations and the FBI.

On June 12, 2016, an American of Afghan origin, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded about fifty in a gay club in Orlando (Florida, Southeast), the Pulse. US President Joe Biden marked the fifth anniversary of the Orlando massacre last year by announcing that the club would become a national memorial.

The United States pays a heavy price for the spread of firearms on its territory and for the ease with which Americans have access to them.

Since the beginning of the year, 601 mass shootings have been recorded in the United States, including Saturday’s tragedy in Colorado Springs, according to the organization Gun Violence Archive. A mass shooting he said meant four or more people were shot or killed, not including the shooter.

The country has more individual guns than inhabitants: one in three adults owns at least one gun and almost one in two adults lives in a house where there is a gun. The consequence of this proliferation is the very high rate of deaths from firearms in the United States, unmatched by other developed countries. About 49,000 people died from gunshot wounds in 2021, up from 45,000 in 2020, which was already a record year. This represents more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides. However, it is the shootings with many victims that mark the spirits the most.

Recent American history is in fact studded with murders, without any place in daily life seeming safe, from the company to the church, from the supermarket to the disco, from the public highway to the common public transport.

One such shooting, committed in a Florida high school on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, sparked a large national movement, led by youth, to demand stricter individual gun supervision in the United States.

But despite the mobilization of more than a million protesters, the US Congress did not pass ambitious legislation, as many elected officials were under the influence of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), America’s foremost gun lobby.

In fact, in a country where the possibility of owning a firearm is considered a fundamental constitutional right by millions of Americans, the only recent legislative innovations remain marginal, such as the generalization of criminal and psychiatric background checks, especially on the purchase of weapons .

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