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Law enforcement investigators enter Club Q, the site of a weekend mass shooting, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Law enforcement investigators enter Club Q, the site of a weekend mass shooting, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)

One of three people who halted a bloody shooting rampage at a LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado last weekend was a Navy sailor who was injured in the attack, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities say the shooter, Anderson Lee Aldrich, entered Club Q in Colorado Springs during a drag show on Saturday night carrying multiple firearms and began firing indiscriminately at club-goers. Among the weapons was an AR-15 assault rifle and at least one handgun.

Police said the 22-year-old Aldrich killed five people before U.S. Army retired Maj. Richard Fierro and Navy Information Systems Technician Second-Class Thomas James intervened and subdued the gunman.

The Navy confirmed Tuesday that James was injured in the attack.

“James is currently in stable condition, and we remain hopeful he will make a full recovery,” the Navy said in a statement. “We ask that all respect his privacy as he continues his recovery.”

Fierro has said that he grabbed the gunman by his body armor and pulled him to the floor before beating him over the head with his own handgun. James jumped in and kept the shooter from reaching for his rifle — and moments later, a drag queen stepped in and began kicking the gunman with high heels.

“I had to do something,” Fierro, who was at the club with his family when the gunfire erupted, told reporters this week. “He was not going to kill my family.” 

Aldrich faces five preliminary counts of murder and could also face hate crimes charges. Authorities say Aldrich was previously arrested last year in connection with a bomb threat at his mother’s home in El Paso County, Colo.

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Doug G. Ware covers the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. He has many years of experience in journalism, digital media and broadcasting and holds a degree from the University of Utah. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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