Club Q suspect and mother accused of verbally attacking airplane passengers with racial slurs months before the Colorado shooting

Tributes for Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs.
Floral tributes are placed in memory of the victims after a mass shooting at the Club Q gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., November 20, 2022.REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt
  • A gunman killed five people and injured 18 others at an LGBTQ club in Colorado, last week.

  • Several have accused the gunman and their mom of verbally attacking them months before the shooting.

  • One passenger claims that the suspect said "I wish I can shoot all of you right now."

Months before the Colorado Springs shooting that left five people dead and 18 people injured, the Club Q suspect and their mother got into a verbal confrontation with airline passengers, several passengers told Denver news outlet KDVR.

A passenger named Maria Martinez captured a video in July of who she believes to be the Club Q shooting suspect and their mother, according to KDVR. The flight was heading to Denver, but it's unclear where it was coming from.

Martinez claims that the suspect called her a derogatory term used against Hispanics, after which she began filming. Martinez also claims the Club Q shooting suspect threatened her.

"Even my friend was like, we won't be surprised, like, if he's a mass shooter. And it was scary to think that," the passenger told the outlet.

Another passenger claimed that the suspect and their mother had verbally attacked her as well.

"I was having a hard time getting my luggage down (from the overhead bin), and all of a sudden," she heard a woman call her an expletive and told her to hurry up. "And then I turned around and said, excuse me?" another passenger told KDVR.

And when another passenger defended her, she claimed the suspect told him to "shut up" and called him the N-word.

One passenger claims that the suspect said, "I wish I can shoot all of you right now" while exiting the plane.

Insider was unable to independently verify the claims made in the KDVR article.

The suspect last year had a standoff with police after making a bomb threat, Insider previously reported.

Frontier Airlines did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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