AUTHORITIES have identified two people who fought and disarmed the Club Q shooting suspect allegedly involved in the deaths of five people following Saturday’s mass shooting.
Thomas James and Army veteran Richard M. Fierro were able to take down the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.
Fierro was at Club Q in Colorado Springs with his wife, daughter and a few friends watching a drag show when he said gunfire erupted in the nightclub.
As a 15-year veteran, who served four tours as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, he says his instincts kicked in, telling him to gift back.
“I don’t know exactly what I did, I just went into combat mode,” he told the New York Times.
“I just know I have to kill this guy before he kills us.”
Along with James, Fierro was able to subdue the alleged shooter
Fierro said he hit the floor when the shooting started, pulling a friend down with him as he saw the gunman move across the room, heading towards a patio where many of the bar patrons had ran.
The veteran said he ran across the room and and grabbed the shooter by the handle on the back of his body armor, pulling him to the floor and jumped on top of him.
“Was he shooting at the time? Was he about to shoot? I don’t know,” Fierro said. “I just knew I had to take him down.”
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said he spoke to Fierro on Monday, adding “in my opinion, he saved a lot of lives.
“I have never encountered a person who has engaged in such heroic actions who was so humble about it,”
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