When gunshots rang out at a Colorado gay nightclub, a U.S. Army veteran relied on years of training, instinct and the help of a stiletto drag queen to take down the shooter and put an end to the violence.
Richard Fierro was enjoying a drag show with his wife, daughter, her boyfriend and friends before the att*ck took place at Club Q in Colorado Springs. They were on site Saturday to celebrate a birthday and support his daughter’s prom who performed tonight.
The celebrations quickly turned tragic when accused gunman Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, entered the club and opened fire.
Fierro, a 15-year-old army veteran who owns a local brewery, said he immediately ran towards the chaos, grabbed the gunman by the bulletproof vest and dragged him to the ground. He mentioned that a nearby drag artist then stepped in and repeatedly stepped on the shooter in an attempt to stop him.
Another patron, Thomas James, helped Fierro hold down the gunman until authorities arrived.
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“I just know I fell into mode and I had to save my family – and my family was everyone in that room at the time,” Fierro said during a press conference outside his home.
“That’s what I was trained for. I saw him, I went and got him.”
Fierro said his wife was not seriously injured, but his daughter Kassy broke her knee in the att*ck. Her boyfriend, Raymond Green Vance, was one of five people killed in the shooting. Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh were also fatally shot.
Fierro expressed regret that he was unable to help the five people killed, but police said he helped prevent further bloodshed.
“I tried to save people and it didn’t work for five years,” he said. “Five people are not home right now.”
Aldrich was arrested on suspicion of m*rder and hate crime in connection with the shooting.
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