What We Know About the Colorado Springs Shooting Victims

Two bartenders are also among the five killed in the accident. mass shooting in a gay nightclub Colorado Springs Family and friends have confirmed on Saturday. Police on Monday confirmed the names of those who were fatally shot, and as witnesses began speaking with family and loved ones, details about the victims were emerging.

derrick rump, a Colorado college graduate originally from Berks County, Pennsylvania, was one of two bartenders killed in the shooting, CBS News has confirmed. His friend Anthony Jaramillo told CBS Philadelphia That Rump was “loving, helpful, with a heavy hand in pouring his drinks, and a really good listener.”

A second bartender, Danielle Aston, also died, CBS News confirmed. The Associated Press reported that Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man from Tulsa who moved to Colorado Springs two years ago, worked as an entertainer at the nightclub. His parents, Sabrina Aston and Jeff Aston, told the AP that their son “lit up a room” and was “always smiling, always happy and goofy.”

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This undated photo provided by Jeff Aston shows his son, Daniel Aston. Daniel Aston was one of five people killed when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday night, Nov. 19, 2022.

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“We’re in shock, we cried a little bit, but then you go through this phase where you go numb, and I’m sure it will hit us again,” Sabrina Aston said, according to the AP. “I think it’s a mistake, they made a mistake, and he’s actually alive.”

during press conference on monday, Colorado Springs police identified the other three victims as Kelly Loving, Ashley Pau, and Raymond Green Vance. The department shared pictures of the victims on Twitter as soon as the announcement was made.

“Too often, society loses track of the victims of these tragic and tragic events,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said before the room fell into silence.

Details about the attack have continued to emerge since Sunday morning and police first broke the news Suspect gunman identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, who was in custody and receiving treatment for injuries. Investigators have not announced a possible motive, nor have they determined whether the shooting can be prosecuted as a hate crime. El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said the charges brought against the suspect “will include first-degree murder.”

In a news conference, Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said the suspect shot at patrons inside Club Q, which was described as a “safe haven” for the city’s LGBTQ community. Vasquez said the suspect opened fire with a “long rifle” as he entered the building and that officers found at least one other firearm at the nightclub. Police declined to provide further details on the weapons used and how they were obtained, citing the confidentiality of the investigation.

Seventeen people suffered gunshot wounds, one person suffered non-gunshot injuries and at least one person suffered “no injuries”. On Monday, an official at Centura Penrose Hospital said the condition of three people at the hospital was stable.

Local officials and witnesses, including Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, credited several Club Cue patrons with confronting and subduing the gunman until police arrived, hailing him as a hero. Suthers said in a statement released Sunday that “his actions saved lives.”

The two patrons were identified on Monday as Richard Fierro and Thomas James.

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