Colorado Springs mass shooting live: Anderson Lee Aldrich’s father speaks out as motive behind massacre remains unclear

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Army veteran recounts tackle of Colorado Springs gunman

Colorado Springs suspected of shooting Anderson Lee Aldrich wanted to be the “next mass murderer” and go out “in a blaze,” according to previous arrest records.

Over a year before the 22-year-old allegedly killed five victims in a mass shooting at LGBT+ nightclub Club Q, Aldrich was arrested for making an alleged bomb threat. No charges were filed and the case was sealed.

Records have emerged showing the accused shooter’s grandmother told police they said they “wanted to be the next mass murderer and have been collecting ammunition, firearms, body armor and storing it in the basement of the residence”.

Aldrich, who reportedly identifies as non-binary, now faces preliminary charges including five counts of murder along with five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily harm during Saturday night’s massacre.

Aldrich’s father has sparked outrage after he said his first reaction to being informed of the mass shooting was to question why his child was at a gay bar.

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Watch: Suspected gunman’s father speaks out to local news media

The father of Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich says his first reaction to being informed of the attack at Club Q was to question why his child was at an LGBTQ bar.

Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, told CBS8 he received a call Sunday night from his child’s public defender to say he was under arrest for the mass shooting.

“They started telling me about the incident, a shooting that involved multiple people,” Brink said in an interview.

“And then I proceed to find out it’s a gay bar. I was like, ‘God, is he gay?’ I was scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I was like, ‘Phhhewww…'”

See the full interview with CBS 8 below.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 2:10 p.m

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Local breweries in Colorado Springs are doing a day-long fundraiser for shooting victims and families

More than 20 local Colorado Springs breweries will pool resources for a day-long fundraiser, with a portion of the tab going to provide financial support to the victims and survivors of last Saturday’s Club Q mass shooting.

The “Brews for Q” fundraiser will donate today’s sales to charity campaigns set up after the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen injured at the popular LGBT+ nightclub.

A Facebook event for the fundraiser, organized by one of the local breweries, The Public House, describes how they are “joining many local businesses for #BrewsForQ this #SmallBusinessSaturday to raise money for the victims and their families”.

“From 12-5pm on November 26th, $1 from pints poured at both PH locations will be donated to a verified victim fund,” the event description adds.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 1:50 p.m

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The motive for the attack remains unclear as the investigation continues

The motive behind the Club Q attack, which left five people dead and at least another 18 injured, is still under investigation by authorities.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of committing those crimes as part of a biased attack.

Prosecutor Michael Allen said the suspect, who appeared in court Wednesday via video with visible injuries to his face and neck, was “physically competent” to stand trial.

His next hearing is scheduled for December 6.

Johanna Chisholm24 November 2022 at 1:30 p.m

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The father of the Colorado Springs suspected shooter said he was told Aldrich died years ago

Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, told CBS8 he received a call Sunday night from his child’s public defender to say he was under arrest for the mass shooting.

During that interview with the San Diego-based news outlet, Brink, 48, said his ex-wife Laura Voepel called him in 2016 to say their child, who was born Nicholas Brink, had changed his name and died by suicide.

“His mom told me he changed his name because I was on (reality TV show) Intervention and I had been a porn actor,” Mr. Brink said CBS8.

He had continued to believe his child was dead until six months ago when he got a call out of the blue from Aldrich.

According to Mr Brink’s account, Aldrich was “pissed off” and wanted to “prick the old man”.

He went on to say that he taught his child to fight at a young age and “praised him for violent behavior”.

“I told him it works. It’s instant and you’ll get instant results,” Mr. Brink said CBS8.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 1:10 p.m

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Who are the victims of the Club Q shooting?

Here’s what we know so far about the five people who were killed.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 12:50 p.m

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Hero veteran reveals how he tackled suspects with help from trans woman

A former Army captain tackled a shooter who had opened fire at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, knocking the suspect unconscious when a trans woman in heels stomped on him.

Richard Fierro, 45, said he was with family and friends at Club Q Saturday night when the suspect broke in and began spraying the club with automatic gunfire.

Sir. Fierro told New York Times his military training kicked in and he ran towards the gunner, grabbed him from behind by his armor and pulled him to the ground.

“I just knew I had to take him down,” Mr. Fierro said.

Johanna Chisholm24 November 2022 at 12.30 p.m

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Gay club shooting suspect evaded Colorado gun laws with red flag

A year and a half before he was arrested in Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five people dead, Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators got him to surrender.

But despite that scare, no record prosecutors ever went forward with kidnapping and menacing charges against Aldrich, or that police or relatives tried to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law that would have allowed authorities to seize the guns and ammunition, says the man’s mother. he had with him.

Gun control advocates say Aldrich’s June 2021 threat is an example of a red flag law being ignored, with potentially deadly consequences. While it’s not clear the law could have prevented Saturday night’s attack — such gun seizures can be in effect for as little as 14 days and are extended by a judge at six-month intervals — they say it could have at least slowed Aldrich and raised his profile with law enforcement.

Bernard Condon and Colleen Slevin has the history.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 12:10 p.m

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Records indicate suspect wanted to ‘walk into a fire’

Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspected shooter who killed five people at an LGBT+ club in Colorado Springs over the weekend, previously told their family that they wanted to be the “next mass murderer.”

In June 2021, Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, was arrested for threatening the grandmother with whom they lived with a homemade bomb, prompting a heavily armed police tactical team to respond and evacuate surrounding homes.

Eventually, crisis negotiators were able to bring Aldrich in, and they were booked into the El Paso County Jail on two counts of criminal threatening and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s office.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 11:50 am

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Colorado Springs shooting suspect had ‘threatened mother with homemade bomb’ in June 2021

A person with the same name and age was arrested in June 2021 after their mother told officers he threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.

Colorado prosecutors declined to explicitly confirm the connection Sunday morning, saying only that the 2021 incident was “all part of the investigation and will be released as appropriate.”

Johanna Chisholm24 November 2022 at 11:30 am

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Father with anti-gay views says ‘no excuse for child shooting’

The father of shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich said that while he has anti-gay views, there is no excuse for his son allegedly shooting people at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

“I’m so sorry for your loss,” said Aaron Brink, 48. “Regardless of politics, it’s human life. I’m so sorry. My soul goes out to you.”

“Life is so fragile and it’s precious,” he said. “Those people’s lives were valuable.”

Alisha Rahman SarkarNovember 24, 2022 11:10 am

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