Five people were killed and 18 injured in a shooting at a nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs. This was announced by the police on Sunday night (local time) at a press conference in the state of Colorado.

A suspicious person was caught by the police in the club and is in custody. Investigations into the motive for the crime are still ongoing. Further details were not initially known.

According to media reports, it is a club for gays and lesbians. On the Facebook page, Club Q, where the incident is said to have taken place, invites people to drag shows, transgender-related events and karaoke, among other things.

The police were initially unable to say how many people were in the club at the time of the crime. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

Videos circulating on the internet showed numerous police cars with flashing lights during an operation.

Colorado Springs Police Department on Twitter