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"Colorado Springs is once again in mourning after the tragic shooting at Club Q late last night. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families who are bearing the weight of this horrific tragedy.

As indicated, there is much we are still waiting to learn about the incident, but we know one or more patrons heroically intervened to subdue the suspect, and we praise those individuals who did so because their actions saved lives.

We also thank our first responders from across the Pikes Peak region who quickly responded to help those in need. The first officer arrived on scene within three minutes after being dispatched.

Victims were rapidly transported and received emergency attention as quickly as possible.

We are a strong community that has shown resilience in the face of hate and violence in the past, and we will do that again. As a community, we will provide for the victims and witnesses of this horrific event and law enforcement will pursue this case with the zealousness that the case deserves.

We will continue to share more information with the community as it becomes available. But please be patient. This is a horrible crime and we have a suspect in custody. We must do this right and ensure justice is served for the victims of this terrible crime.

The Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, was in communication with me early this morning. Because he is in COVID quarantine, he isn’t able to be here but he sends his heartfelt condolences to the victims of this tragedy."

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