“We owe them a debt of gratitude”. These words are those of the chief of police of Colorado Springs, in the United States. On Sunday, he paid tribute to the “heroes” who averted even greater tragedy at the LGBT nightclub which was targeted by an attack by a 22-year-old man. The shooting caused the death of 5 people and at least 25 people were injured. However, the intervention of client(s) made it possible to avoid an even heavier human toll.
It all starts Saturday night when a man with a semi-automatic weapon begins shooting at this LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado. This bloodbath, however, manages to be stopped by individuals present in the nightclub. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers testified that a man managed to grab a handgun from the killer and hit him with it, managing to subdue him. The bosses of the club, who watched the CCTV images, evoke the action of two heroes who together managed to stop the shooter and kept him on the ground until the arrival of the police.
We do not know the names of the heroes who stopped the massacre
“One of the customers put the shooter down and he was helped by another,” specified to the New York Times Matthew Haynes, one of the owners of Club Q, a longtime LGBT club in Colorado Springs. Referring to the first person to have acted, Matthew Haynes believes that he has “saved dozens and dozens of lives. He stopped the man dead. All the others fled, and he ran towards the assailant”.
“There were very brave people who beat and hit him, preventing him from doing more damage,” also explained Anderson, one of the club’s bartenders. “I don’t know who did this. But I would really like to know because I am very grateful to them. They saved my life last night”. Authorities said the shooting only lasted a minute. The police were called at 11:57 p.m. local time and 3 minutes later the first officers arrived on the scene. The assailant had already been subdued, according to the washington post . One of the heroes was identified Monday as Richard Fierro. He testified Monday in front of the American media.
Richard Fierro, hero of the Club Q shooting, describes how he took down the shooter: “… I’m a big dude, man, and this guy was bigger, and I kept wailing on him.”
“One of the performers walked by, or was running by, and I told her, kick this guy, kick this guy…” pic.twitter.com/FOHI14esTF
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In 2015, during the hostage taking of the Hyper Cacher at the Porte de Vincennes, one of the hostages had tried to seize the terrorist’s weapon , Amedy Coulibaly. He failed, however, and was shot.
They saved my life last night
This new drama is part of a context of resurgence of acts hostile to LGBTQ people, according to statistics from associations and the FBI. On June 12, 2016, an American of Afghan origin, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and injured around fifty others in a gay club in Orlando (Florida, Southeast), the Pulse.
The killing also illustrates the soaring mortality linked to firearms in a country where they circulate in very large numbers. Since the beginning of the year, 601 mass shootings have been recorded in the United States, according to the organization Gun Violence Archive. A mass shooting that she said meant four or more people were shot or killed, not including the shooter.