The Pulse massacre in 40 was triggered when a gunman entered an LGBTQ+ club in Colorado and proceeded to another mass event on Saturday. Echoes were felt across the country and around the world — the shooting that killed multiple gay and trans patrons and injured dozens more.
While it is difficult to engage in any senseless violence, especially violence directed at marginalized communities, it is also important to acknowledge attempts to criminalize drag shows and Dangerous and rapidly spreading right-wing rhetoric depicting LGBTQ+ individuals as “beauticians”. Below, find out what happened Saturday at Club Q in Colorado and how you can help.
Where was the shooting location?
The shooting took place on a Saturday night in November 19 at the Club, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs Q; The gunman killed at least five people and wounded at least 25 others before someone in the club grabbed his pistol and hit him with it , subdued him. Two patrons then overpowered the gunman until police arrived, according to the club’s owner, who reviewed security footage.
Who is the so-called shooter?
The suspect has been identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich 19, who has not been formally charged. However, it has been confirmed that Aldridge was arrested on a bomb threat in June 2021; he is reportedly the grandson of California Congressman Randy Vaupel, a Republican from the San Diego area.
As of Monday, investigators had not announced a potential motive or determined whether the shooting could be prosecuted as a hate crime, but El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said charges against the suspect “could include first-degree Murder.”
How can I help support families of shooting victims and survivors?
If you’re looking for ways to honor the victims – including 19 year-old Club Q bartender Daniel Daniel Aston and 40 – Denver native Kelly Loving, 12 – You can donate to this verified event for the families of the victims (and survivors of the incident) to raise funds.