People give love to the brewery owned by the family of a veteran who took down the gunman in Colorado Springs

People across North America are supporting and buying merchandise — including T-shirts and headbands — from a brewery owned by the family of a Colorado Springs Army veteran, one of two people who killed a gunman at a club last Saturday. knocked down.

Richard and Jessica Fierro were celebrating a birthday at Club Q in Colorado Springs with their family and friends when a gunman attacked customers enjoying a drag show.

The Fierros own Atrevida Beer Co., a brewery celebrated for its beer and as Colorado’s first Latin-owned brewery with a female head brewer.

The company’s tagline, “diversity on tap,” was on the merchandise long before the family was at the center of a shooting that left five dead and dozens injured at Club Q.

On Wednesday evening, people flocked to the front door of the business, despite it being closed.

Others take screenshots of T-shirts that say “Atrevida Beer Co.” Mucho Mucho Amor’ and are urging others to buy the brewery’s online merchandise to show love for Richard Fierro, a 15-year-old army vet who took action to save lives.

‘It was terrifying’

Fierro is one of two people police say saved lives by subduing the alleged 22-year-old gunman, who police say was armed with multiple firearms, including an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, on Saturday night at Club Q .

What should have been a joyful family evening turned out to be “horrific.”

“It was absolute havoc. It was terrifying,” Jessica Fierro wrote on Atrevida’s social media pages.

The Fierros’ daughter, Kassy, ​​lost her 22-year-old boyfriend, Raymond Green Vance, who was fatally shot.

“[Rich] was covered in blood. Everyone recovers happily. No one. NO ONE should ever witness this kind of bloodshed,” reads a message on the Atrevida website.

Images of the Fierro family dressed up as superheroes for Halloween have elicited messages of thanks and praise following Richard Fierro’s exploits last weekend. (Daring Beer Co./Facebook)

Hundreds of people have left hearts and supportive comments over images of the Fierro family decked out as superheroes in happier times. Fay Coyte wrote: “When your family – and the community – needed him, your Richard really was Superman. I am sad that I came to know him and Atrevida this way – through tragedy. But all I read about your business story and faith in the family somehow eases the sting of it.”

Humble hero

On Monday, Fierro – a combat veteran – declined the praise.

He said when he realized a gunman was firing bullets into the club, his instincts of military training immediately kicked in. Fierro approached the assailant, grabbed the body armor, and yanked the gunman down while yelling at another patron, Thomas James, to move the rifle out of range.

Kassy Fierro in an undated photo with her 22-year-old boyfriend, Raymond Green Vance, who was shot Saturday at Club Q in Colorado Springs. (Daring Beer Co./Facebook)

James is an American naval information systems technician stationed at the Defense Intelligence Agency base in Colorado Springs, according to a biography released by the Navy. The Navy statement released Tuesday said James is in stable condition, without specifying the nature of his injuries.

As the gunman became trapped under a barrage of punches from Fierro and kicks to James’ head, the gunman tried to reach for a gun. Fierro grabbed it and used it as a club.

During the chaos, Fierro says he told a clubber running by to kick the shooter, and she slammed a high heel into the shooter’s face. Later on Twitter, Club Q drag artist Del Lusional posted that the patron who helped Fierro was a transgender woman.

“I love them,” Fierro said of the city’s LGBTQ community. “I have nothing but love.”

Fierro served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as a field artillery officer and left the army as a major in 2013, an army spokesman told The Associated Press.

Fierro said he enlisted in the military and accepted that he would face violence.

“No one in that club asked for this to be done,” he said, but everyone “will have to live with it now.”

Fierro and James held the shooter until officers arrived minutes later.

“I have never encountered a person who had taken such heroic actions and was so humble about it,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said of Fierro Monday.

“He just said to me, ‘I was trying to protect my family.'”

Fierro said he hoped to meet the attacker in court. The alleged shooter — 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich — appeared briefly by video in El Paso County court Wednesday and was ordered to be held without bail. Aldrich, whose lawyers say he is non-binary, may face murder and hate crime charges.

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