Editor's note: The number of people injured in this mass shooting changed and this story now reflects updated information as provided by the Colorado Springs Police Department at 12:47 p.m. Monday.
Editor's note: The Club Q shooting suspect identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, according to court documents filed by their defense attorneys. This article has been updated to reflect the proper pronouns.
DENVER — Five lives were lost and 19 people were injured after a gunman opened fire inside an LGBTQ+ nightclub, Club Q, in Colorado Springs late Saturday night. A 22-year-old suspect was taken into custody.
Unfortunately, Colorado is no stranger to this type of tragedy. There have been at least eight mass shootings in the state since 1993. But Colorado doesn’t shy away from helping our community heal.
Here are the ways you can help:
The Colorado Healing Fund (CHF) Board of Trustees has activated the Fund to begin collecting donations and making funds available in response to last night’s mass shooting in Colorado Springs at Club Q.
The public can securely donate through a variety of options:
- Online by visiting ColoradoHealingFund.org and clicking "Club Q Colorado Springs Shooting Tragedy"
- Donate through Colorado Gives and direct the donation to “Club Q Tragedy”
- Checks and in-person donations will be accepted at Colorado-based FirstBank (1STBank) locations. Donors should make checks out to “Colorado Healing Fund'' and write “Club Q” in the memo. When depositing the check with bank tellers, please designate donations for the Colorado Healing Fund’s “victim account”
- If donors host a fundraiser with the proceeds intended to go to CHF for victims of the Club Q mass shooting, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Q is pointing people toward donating to Colorado Gives and the Colorado Healing Fund, and designating the donation to the "Club Q Tragedy" in the dropdown menu.
GoFundMe has verified the fundraisers that are listed below:
Support for the Club Q Families and Survivors
Faith Haug of Good Judy Garage, a small business in Denver, launched the fundraiser to raise funds for the families of the victims killed in the tragic shooting, as well as to help those injured with medical expenses.
Victims of Club Q Colorado Springs Mass Shooting
Greg Resha of Colorado Springs, a former employee of Club Q, launched the fundraiser to help the families of the victims, as well as those who were injured.
Classroom of Compassion in Colorado Springs, CO
Classroom of Compassion is a nonprofit organization aimed at creating public mourning spaces for communities following a tragedy. The fundraiser is meant to help the Colorado Springs community heal. They will travel to Colorado Springs this week to create five public altars honoring the victims killed in the shooting.
Support Slaugh family, victims of Club Q shooting
Charlene Slaugh and James Slaugh were both shot at Club Q on Saturday evening. They have or will undergo surgery for their injuries. James' partner was also shot. They are all expected to recover, though it's a long road ahead. They were all preparing to leave Club Q when the shooting started.
Club Q Victims Fund (Colorado Springs)
All of the proceeds raised from this GoFundMe, created by the nonprofit Victims First, will go to the victims of this shooting. Victims and survivors can apply for the funds through an application process, which is available here.
Fundraiser for Tara (DJ T-Beatz) injured @Club Q
Crystal Lucero is organizing this GoFundMe for her best friend, Tara, who was injured in the shooting. She frequently DJ'ed at Club Q. She had to undergo surgery for her injuries. The funds raised will help her with medical treatment, time away from work and other necessities.
Resources for victims, their families:
- Inside Out Youth Services
- Providers offering therapy for those impacted. This list is being updated regularly by providers.
- Red Cross 1-800-RedCross for mental and spiritual guidance
- Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255 or text 38255
- Therapy Direct is offering 55-minute online sessions for all metro Denver residents aged 18 years and up. No medical insurance is needed. TherapyDirect is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is hosting a community resource expo to provide community members with support in navigating the variety of emotions surrounding this tragedy.
The expo will provide mental health resources, spiritual support, emotional support animals, childcare, emergency financial resources, LGBTQ+ support, meals, and other services.
The expo will be held at the UCCS Kevin W. O’Neill Cybersecurity & Research Center, 3650 North Nevada Avenue, on the following dates and times:
- Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
This story will be updated with more ways to help and mental health resources when they become available