A man shrouded in body armor and wielding an AR-15 style rifle attacked an L.G.B.T.Q. nightclub in Colorado Springs, in the United States on Saturday night, in a rampage that killed at least five people and injured at least 25 others.
At least one person inside the nightclub, Club Q, tackled and subdued the gunman, the authorities said, helping to prevent further bloodshed.
Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs said that a man had grabbed a handgun from the gunman and then hit him with it, subduing him. When the police burst into the club, the man was still on top of gunman, pinning him down, Mr. Suthers said.
The owners of the club, who had looked at surveillance tape, lauded the actions of two patrons whom they said they did not know but who, together, had overpowered the gunman and held him on the floor until police arrived.
“One customer took down the gunman and was assisted by another,” said Matthew Haynes, one of the club owners. Referring to the first person who acted, Mr. Haynes added, “He saved dozens and dozens of lives. Stopped the man cold. Everyone else was running away, and he ran toward him.”
Police officials identified the gunman as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22. He was injured and treated in a hospital. The police recovered two guns at the club, said Adrian Vasquez, chief of the Colorado Springs Police Department. The authorities said they were still working to determine who owned the long rifle used in the shooting, as well as other weapons found at the scene.
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