Horror shooting inside nightclub leaves 5 dead and 18 injured

Five revellers were killed and another 18 injured after a gunman opened fire at a gay club in Colorado Springs.

Club Q – where the incident took place – advertises itself as an “Adult-oriented gay & lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights such as karaoke, drag shows & DJs”.

The club issued a statement on Facebook calling the shooting a “hate attack” and said revellers attacked the gunman to prevent more shootings.

It said: “Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community.

“Our prays 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 active shooting was reported around 11.57pm local time as footage shared on Twitter showed a huge police and emergency response, with ambulances lining the streets outside the club.

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