Richard Fierro: Army veteran who took down the Colorado nightclub shooter thanks the community for its support a week after the attack

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Richard Fierro, the Army veteran who helped bring down a gunman who shot at patrons at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub, expressed deep appreciation for the community’s support when his family’s brewery reopened the day after Thanksgiving.

“It was a beautiful, beautiful day,” Fierro told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday. “I couldn’t thank enough people. I tried to thank everyone who came in.”

Fierro has been praised by authorities for his quick, life-saving actions at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Nov. 19, when police said an armed individual entered the building just before midnight and opened fire. The attack killed five people and injured at least 19, according to police.

“I’m not a hero,” Fierro told Acosta. “Everyone in that room was a hero with us and everyone has a hero story for just trying to survive.”

The shooter was tackled to the ground by Fierro, who was celebrating a birthday at the club with family and friends. Another person, identified by police as Thomas James, pushed a shotgun out of reach of the gunman while Fierro beat and subdued the gunman with the other firearm they had, a handgun.

Fierro’s daughter’s boyfriend, 22-year-old Raymond Green Vance, has been identified by authorities as one of those killed in the shooting. The suspected shooter is being held without bail and faces five preliminary charges of first-degree murder and five charges of a bias-motivated crime — elsewhere called a hate crime — involving bodily harm, according to court documents.

President Joe Biden called Fierro and his wife, Jessica, Tuesday, White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre said, explaining that the president wanted to thank Fierro for his “courageous actions” and “instinct to act” at the thwarting the attack and saving lives.

Fierro told CNN on Saturday that he was “humiliated” by the call.

“At the end of the day, I wish everyone could talk to him, and just to have that honor. I’m an old soldier, so just talking to a commander in chief is a big deal,” he said.

Biden told reporters Thursday he would try again to work with Congress to “get rid of assault weapons.” When asked about the national conversation about firearms, Fierro said he respects such weapons from his training as a soldier and wants to see a different mindset no matter where the gun debate goes next.

“I just wish people would stop having so much anger. It shouldn’t be that exciting. There’s no reason for someone to go to a dance club or a show or something and worry about getting shot,” he said.

For the Friday reopening of the Atrevida Beer Company in Colorado Springs — which he and his wife own — Fierro said he was very encouraged by those in attendance.

“It was more beautiful as a person to see the variance, the difference, the diversity, the inclusion of everyone there. Everyone in the same room just having some fun and enjoying a beer.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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