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How the Colorado mass shooting unfolded - and ended - inside Club Q

By Marc Fisher

22 Nov 2022 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post vividly describes last weekend's mass shooting in a Colorado club that would have been even more deadly if an army veteran hadn't intervened.

Colorado Springs - The dance floor was alive, people bouncing to DJ T-Beatz's pulsing tunes, a Saturday night at Colorado Springs' trusty spot for gay people and their friends. For 21 years, Club Q, tucked behind a Subway sandwich shop on a suburban strip six miles from downtown, had been more than a nightclub - it was a community center, a place where families of all ages gathered for brunch on Sundays to watch drag performers play Madonna and Cher, Beyoncé and Cardi B.

Moments before midnight Mountain time, a young man wearing a military-style jacket and carrying a long, AR-15-style rifle and a handgun walked into the club, where the bouncers knew many of the patrons and were known to give everyone else a hard look.

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