'I was afraid I was going to die': Club Q bartender reveals gory details about Colorado Springs shooting
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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: A Club Q bartender has opened up about the horrors he witnessed as the shooter rampaged through the club on Saturday, November 19, and left at least five dead and 18 injured. A club bartender, who goes by the name Michael Anderson on social media, told Mirror UK, "I was afraid I was going to die. I was preparing to get shot when the shots then stopped. After a minute or two I wasn’t sure if it was over or not, so I got up and decided to make a run for it. I found a man lying on the floor being shot in the neck."
Although police have not officially disclosed the weapon, according to Mirror, the suspect may have been using a sniper rifle. The shooting was reported just a day before the Transgender Day of Remembrance at 23.57 local time. Colorado Springs police reported receiving the first emergency contact regarding an active shooter. When officers entered the club, they discovered the suspect there. Police have so far revealed nothing about the motive behind the attack and said the number of dead and injured could change as the investigation continues.
Club regular Gaby Lamah, 32, who has been going there since she was 19 years old, told The Mirror that she and her companions decided last minute not to go on the night the incident took place. She said, "Club Q has always been a calm, loving energy,” adding that it is one of a limited number of nightclubs catering to the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs. Asked how she felt after hearing the news, Gaby said, "Angry. Heartbroken. I’m not sure I could back there and not be anxious the entire time. It feels like our world is going backward instead of forwards."
5 people were killed, and 18 injured were injured at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 20, 2022
Sunday, November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Meanwhile, after the shooting, Club Q expressed its shock in a statement posted on its official Facebook page. “Our prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends. We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.” the statement remarked.