Colorado LGBTQ nightclub plans to reopen following mass shooting

Colorado Springs Shooting
Posted at 9:40 AM, Feb 14, 2023

Club Q wants to again be that place where the LGBTQ community feels welcome.

"To everyone who has asked me to reopen the club, I assure you we are working hard to bring our home back. We look forward to being able to gather as one community again," said Matthew Haynes, founding owner of Club Q.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado, nightclub was the site of a deadly mass shooting in 2022. Five people were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded in the attack.

The club's management said in a statement that the club is on track to fully reopen in the fall.

Club Q said it's working with local, state and federal agencies to come up with enhanced security measures. Management hopes it will be the model for security at other LGBTQ spaces across the country.

The newly-remodeled club will also feature a tribute to the five individuals killed in the shooting: Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, and Derrick Rump.

Law enforcement says the suspected gunman was stopped from carrying out more carnage when brave patrons stepped in before officers arrived.

The suspect is facing hundreds of charges including for murder and hate crimes.