Colorado governor on deadly taking pictures at LGBTQ nightclub: ‘This was only a place of security for individuals’

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) on Sunday mentioned the motivation of the gunman who killed 5 individuals at an LGBTQ nightclub over the weekend remained unclear, calling it an “act of evil.”

“This was only a place of security for individuals,” Polis mentioned throughout an look on “CNN Newsroom with Jim Acosta.” 

“It was a spot the place individuals might, in a conservative neighborhood, typically get the acceptance that too lots of them may not have had it at residence or of their different circles and to see this happen is de facto simply put us all in a state of shock right here in Colorado and throughout the nation,” Polis added.

Police say Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, entered Membership Q in Colorado Springs, Colo. shortly earlier than midnight on Saturday night time and instantly started taking pictures earlier than two individuals confronted and stopped him.

Polis, who turned the primary overtly homosexual man to be elected governor in the US in 2018, instructed Acosta he had spoken with these people.

“I need to thank the Colorado Springs police division, responding inside minutes of the decision,” Polis mentioned. “However, sure, the carnage would have been worse if not for the heroic acts that occurred. And I’m assured within the coming hours and days we’ll have a extra detailed timeline to precise our gratitude extra particularly.”

Final June, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned it responded to a report of a bomb risk in Colorado Springs involving a person whose identify and age match the suspect within the nightclub taking pictures.

The person was booked on two counts of felony menacing and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, though police didn’t discover any explosive units and no fees have been formally filed.

“All the pieces that I’ve heard signifies it’s the similar individual,” Polis mentioned on CNN. “We don’t but know the motivation for this explicit assault. However there is no such thing as a good motivation, proper? I imply, that is an act of evil, a horrific act, whether or not they have been focused as a result of it was an LGBTQ gathering place, or whether or not it was focused for different private causes. We merely don’t know that at this hour.”