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Police reveal names of five killed in Club Q nightclub shooting

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The sun shines on a sign placed at a memorial outside of Club Q on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The man suspected of opening fire at the gay nightclub in Colorado Springs is being held on murder and hate crime charges. The charges surfaced in online court records Monday, two days after the attack that killed at least five people and wounded many others. (WHD Photo/ Parker Seibold) Parker Seibold/WHD

Police reveal names of five killed in Club Q nightclub shooting

Ryan King

November 21, 07:31 PM November 21, 10:14 PM

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Law enforcement officials divulged Monday the names of the five victims killed in the tragic Club Q nightclub shooting late Saturday night that left at least 19 injured.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez read the names of the five victims during a press conference Monday evening. The victims were identified as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh, and Raymond Green Vance.

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“Too often, society loses track of the victims of these sad and tragic events,” Vasquez said. “We strive to give the victims the dignity and respect that they deserve. … I asked everyone who is listening to keep them in your thoughts and show them the care and heartfelt compassion that they deserve.”

The department posted pictures of the victims provided by their loved ones.

Authorities notified the victims’ families before disclosing their names to the public. The people wounded from the brutal rampage included 17 injured from gunshots and two others harmed in other ways from the attack, per police. Public officials were tight-lipped about the status of those 19 victims, citing privacy concerns.

Vasquez also named two “heroes” who helped “subdue” the assailant: Richard Fierro and Thomas James. He declined to divulge how they stopped the shooter, noting it was part of the investigation. Mayor John Suthers heaped praise on Fierro, whom he met before the presser.

“I have never encountered a person who had engaged in such heroic actions that was so humble about it. He simply said to me, ‘I was trying to protect my family,’” Suthers said. “We all want to ensure this community is not defined by this tragedy but by our response to it.”

The suspect, Anderson Aldrich, 22, has been detained and is receiving medical treatment at a hospital. An arrest warrant mentioned five counts of bias-motivated crimes, but officials emphasized those are preliminary charges and have not been filed in court.

Aldrich is being held without bond, and after his release from the hospital, he will make a court appearance. He stormed the facility late Saturday and unleashed gunfire in a shooting that carried over into early Sunday morning, which was National Transgender Remembrance Day, officials said. Officials declined to answer questions about whether he offered any statements.

 

Aldrich had previously been arrested following a bomb threat in June 2021 that culminated in a standoff, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. Motivation for the Club Q attack is still being investigated, Colorado Springs Police Department officials said.

Club Q is one of two LGBT clubs in the city, Club Q bartender Michael Anderson told CNN.

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