Club Q bartenders have been identified as victims of a mass LGBT shooting in Colorado

Two bartenders have been identified among the five people killed in the mass shooting at a Colorado gay club – where a witness said a night of dancing was peppered with gunshots, screams, broken glass and blood.

Daniel Davis Aston, 28, was killed in the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, his mother told ABC News.

“He was our baby and he was our youngest,” Sabrina Aston told the outlet.

Fellow bartender Derrick Rump was also killed in the attack, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Colleagues described Rump to the local paper as funny and bubbly, with one saying he “always kept his smile”.

Aston completed his transition to manhood in June and was both a drag performer and bartender, according to friends and social media posts.

“He was always like, ‘Do you need anything?'” Leia-Jhene Seals, a drag performer who took the stage at the club on Saturday night, told the Gazette.

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Bartenders Derrick Rump (left) and Daniel Davis Aston were killed in the attack.
Club Q in Colorado Springs
The dance night ended with gunshots, screams, broken glass and blood.
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Law enforcement officials said earlier Friday that suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, allegedly entered the club just before midnight and immediately opened fire. The attack also injured 25 people.

Brave well-wishers confronted the gunman and were able to stop him from causing further bloodshed, police said. Aldrich was in protective custody at a local hospital.

Describing the terrifying scene, witness Joshua Thurman told reporters Sunday he didn’t initially realize anyone had fired.

Among the victims is bartender Daniel Davis Aston.

“I thought it was the music, so I kept dancing. Then I heard shots again and then I ran into the dressing room with a customer, got on the floor and locked the doors and immediately called the police,” said the 34-year-old.

Truman recalled hearing screams from guests while Aldrich allegedly fired into the crowd.

He said he was thinking of “my mother, my friends, my loved ones” as he hoped he would make it out alive.

“There were bodies on the ground,” he told reporters, “blood, broken glass, broken cups and it was worse outside.”

He added, “This is the only LGBTQIA+ venue in the entire city of Colorado Springs. What should we do? Where shall we go? How are we supposed to feel safe around us when it just got shot up?”

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At least five people were killed and 18 injured in the mass shooting.
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Investigators are considering hate crime charges.
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Joshua Thurman

Colorado Springs’ Joshua Thurman reacts the morning after a mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

Joshua Thurman

Thurman was at the club at the time of the shooting.

Joshua Thurman

The men hug outside the crime scene.

Investigators are looking into the motive and said they were considering hate crime charges.

“Club Q is devastated by the senseless attack on our community,” the venue wrote on Facebook. “Our prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends. Thank you to the quick responses from heroic customers who overwhelmed the shooter and ended this hate attack.” Club Q bartenders have been identified as victims of a mass LGBT shooting in Colorado


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