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Gay nightclub shooting suspect bought guns ‘legally’

The rifle used by the 22-year-old suspected attacker who killed five people at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night was purchased “legally”.

ABC News reported that officials briefed on the attack investigation said the attacker “legally purchased” his rifle.

Officials who spoke to ABC News officials also pointed out that the attacker’s “arrest in 2021 may not have appeared in background checks as the case does not appear to have gone to trial. “.

Breitbart News noted that the Club Q striker allegedly threatened his mother with a pipe bomb in 2021. NBC News observed that he was arrested in connection with an alleged threat and charged with “two counts of threatening felony and three counts of first degree kidnapping”. for the incident. But the AP pointed out, “There is no public record prosecutor who has ever advanced with criminal kidnapping and threatening charges against [the alleged attacker].”

People embrace during a candlelight vigil on a corner near the site of a weekend mass shooting at a gay bar, Monday night, Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey )

The UK Independent explained that the alleged attacker also had a handgun when he entered Club Q, and that the handgun was also “purchased legally”.

Breitbart News reported that the Club Q attack was stopped by an army veteran who took the alleged attacker’s handgun and then beat him with it.

The veteran, Richard Fierro, pinned the alleged assailant to the ground and punched him repeatedly, while encouraging other patrons to hit and kick the suspect as well.

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