Colorado Springs shooting live updates: Patrons in LGBTQ club hit gunman with his own weapon

Colorado Springs shooting live updates: Patrons in LGBTQ club hit gunman with his own weapon

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The gunman who opened fire at an LGBTQ nightclub late Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado,

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killing five people and injuring 25 others was stopped by "heroic" patrons, authorities said.

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Local police identified the gunman as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, who was arrested within minutes of police arriving at Club

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Authorities said one of the patrons grabbed a handgun from the suspect,

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hit him with it and then held him down until police arrived moments later.

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“Had that individual not intervened this could have been exponentially more tragic,”

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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told The Associated Press.

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Of the 25 injured, at least seven were in critical condition and some were hurt trying to flee from the incident, authorities said.

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Some were hurt trying to flee, and it was unclear if all of them were shot, a police spokesperson said.

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Suthers said there was “reason to hope” all of those hospitalized would recover.

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Club patrons who intervened, preventing further injuries and likely loss of life, 

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were called "heroic" by Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez.

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the U.S. at 34, according to the AP/USA TODAY/Northeastern University databas.

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