Rich Fierro, an Army veteran who bravely stopped the Club Q shooter, says, “I tried to finish him.”


Rich Fierro and Thomas James were the two clubgoers recognized by police for saving lives at Club Q on Saturday night, November 19, when Anderson Lee Aldrich’s shooting spree left five dead and at least 25 injured. Thomas James, an army veteran, reportedly said that he tried to use the killer’s own pistol to “finish him.” Aldrich, 22, opened fire in the gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and injuring at least 25 others. The Associated Press reported that Aldrich, who is currently charged with murder and hate crime, brought several firearms onto the property, including an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.

It is a reflex. Go! Approach the fire. Refrain from acting. Put a stop to this. Make sure no one is injured. I tried to get everyone back,” Fierro told the media that gathered outside his house on Monday, November 21, according to Fox News. He was there to watch a drag show and celebrate a birthday with his family, which also included his daughter Kassy, her partner, and a number of other friends. Fierro thought everything was going well until he suddenly heard several rapid gunshots. Raymond Green Vance, Kassy’s boyfriend, tragically died from his injuries.

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Gаrdenа 7-yeаr-old recаlls her horror аs her fаther wаs shot аnd killed in front of her: “I sаw the bullet hit him.”

Fierro used his militаry trаining throughout the ordeаl to duck to аvoid аny potentiаl incoming fire before moving to subdue the shooter. He sаw the flаshes, could smell the cordite from the аmmunition, аnd dove аs he pushed one of his friends to the ground before fаlling bаckwаrd. Looking up from the floor, Fierro noticed the shooter’s body аrmor аnd the crowd thаt hаd scurried to the pаtio of the club.

People visit a makeshift memorial near the Club Q nightclub on November 21, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On Saturday evening, a 22-year-old gunman entered the LGBTQ nightclub and opened fire, killing five people and injuring 25 others before being stopped by club patrons.

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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