Five people were killed and 18 injured in a shooting at a nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs. This was announced by the police on Sunday night (local time) at a press conference in the state of Colorado.
The first emergency call came in just before midnight, police spokeswoman Pamela Castro said. Police officers would have found the suspected shooter in Club Q. The suspect is in custody.
According to media reports, it is a club for gays and lesbians. On the Facebook page, Club Q, where the incident is said to have taken place, invites people to drag shows, transgender-related events and karaoke, among other things.
The police were initially unable to say how many people were in the club at the time of the crime. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals. Videos circulating on the internet showed numerous police cars with flashing lights during an operation.
The operators of the club were shocked by the "senseless attack on our community" on the online service Facebook. They also thanked the club's "heroic guests" who overpowered the shooter and ended "this hate attack" with their quick reaction. Many users expressed their condolences.
The incident brought back memories of the 2016 nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, which killed 49 people. Colorado has had several fatal gun attacks in the past, including at Columbine High School in 1999, a movie theater in suburban Denver in 2012, and at a supermarket in Boulder last year.