President Joe Biden called the owners of the gay nightclub in Colorado Springs on Thursday where a gunman opened fire and killed five people over the weekend.
The president called Nic Grzecka and Matthew Haynes, who own Club Q in Colorado Springs, last weekend.
“They reiterated their community support and commitment to fighting back against hate and gun violence,” a statement said. They also thanked Nic and Matthew for the incredible contributions they have made and will continue to make to Colorado Springs.
Police arrested Anderson Lee Alrdich, who now faces five counts of murder and hate crime. News reports revealed that the accused gunman’s grandmother said they told her they were going to be “the next mass murderer and collected and stored ammunition, firearms and bulletproof body armor in the basement of the residence.”
Video from local TUSEN affiliate TUSEN 31 reportedly showed Aldrich with their mother during a confrontation at an airport on July 31, where the pair apparently hurled racial slurs at a Hispanic family.
Earlier in the day, Biden had criticized the El Paso County sheriff’s office for not enforcing Colorado’s red flag law. The law allows police or civilians to file an extreme risk protection order to prevent an individual from obtaining a firearm if it poses a threat to themselves or another person.
“The idea that we’re not enforcing red flag laws… is ridiculous,” he told reporters.