Identity of two people killed at Club Q Colorado Springs have been revealed.
Police are investigating whether a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was a hate crime. Five people are dead and 25 others were left injured.
The suspect was arrested after being subdued by patrons.
One of those killed was a person originally from Berks County, Pennsylvania. Derrick Rump was one of two bartenders killed in the shooting. Friends said Rump welcomed everyone into Club Q with a warmth and light that has now been tragically dimmed.
“I guess I’m just waiting for someone to be like, ‘Oh, it’s the wrong Derrick,'” Anthony Jaramillo, a friend of Rump, said.
Jaramillo said Rump loved working for Club Q as a bartender, and became a staple of the LGBTQ bar.
“When I went to Club Q, Derrick was going to be there guaranteed every time,” Jaramillo said. Jaramillo said while the Kutztown Area High School grad often visited his family in Pennsylvania, he had a way of making those in Colorado Springs feel like family.
“Loving, supportive, with a heavy hand in his drink pouring, and just a really good listener and would not be afraid to tell you when you were wrong instead of telling you what you wanted to hear and that was really valuable,” Jaramillo said.
Jaramillo is now one of thousands mourning the loss of his friend, along with four others in the nation’s latest mass shooting.
“Out of everything, that is the thing the Springs is going to miss the most is that we don’t have him anymore, so it really sucks,” Jaramillo said.
Christopher Hansen, who survived the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, said his mind goes to the survivors in the hours and days after this latest tragedy.
“To have that safe haven ruptured to where it’s going to forever be tainted and stained of that pain,” Hansen said.
Hansen hopes others with friends in the LGBTQ community will come together to support one another now more than ever. Fellow bartender Derrick Rump was also killed in the attack, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Co-workers described Rump to the local newspaper as funny and bubbly, with one saying he always “kept his smile.”
Aston had completed his transition to male in June and was a drag performer, as well as a bartender, according to friends and social media posts.
Law enforcement authorities said earlier Sunday that suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, allegedly entered the club just before midnight and immediately began opening fire. The attack also left 25 people injured.
Brave patrons confronted the gunman and were able to stop him from causing further bloodshed, police said. Aldrich was in protective custody at a local hospital.
Witness Joshua Thurman described the terrifying scene, telling reporters on Sunday he didn’t realize at first that someone was shooting.
“I thought it was the music, so I kept dancing. Then I heard another set of shots and then me and a customer ran to the dressing room, got on the ground and locked the doors, and called the police immediately,” the 34-year-old said.
Truman recalled hearing screams from patrons while Aldrich allegedly fired into the crowd.
He said he was thinking of “my mom, my friends, my loved ones” as he was hoping he would make it out alive.
“There were bodies on the ground,” he told reporters, “blood, broken glass, broken cups and outside it was worse.”
Investigators are probing the motive, and said they will be weighing hate crime charges.
“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” the venue wrote on Facebook. “Our prays and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends. We thank the quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.”