COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gunman entered a Colorado Springs LGBTQ club and immediately began firing with a long rifle late Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring 25, officials said.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez praised “at least two heroic people” inside Club Q who, he said, “confronted and fought with the suspect and were able to stop the suspect from continuing to kill and harm others.

“We owe them a great debt of thanks,” Vasquez said at a news conference Sunday morning.

“Their actions clearly saved lives,” Mayor John Suthers said later at the news conference.

Follow along for live coverage of the shooting.

Club owner Matthew Haynes told NBC News he never imagined “this level of hate,” would descend on his club. He said the timing of the shooting worsens the situation with Thanksgiving on the horizon.

“Family members won’t be with their family members,” Haynes said.

Haynes opened the club 20 years ago to give people a place to gather and be themselves.

“We started it when there were darker days. We didn’t have a lot of rights and we needed places to have a community and that’s what Club Q has been for twenty years,” Haynes …read more



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