Colorado Springs shooting updates: Bloody Anderson Aldrich mugshot released as father’s remarks spark outrage

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Army veteran recounts tackle of Colorado Springs gunman

Colorado Springs suspected of shooting Anderson Lee Aldrich met their first court hearing via video link Wednesday, after allegedly fatally shooting five people at an LGTBQ+ nightclub on Saturday.

The 22-year-old, who identifies as non-binary, faces preliminary charges including five counts of murder along with five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily harm.

At least 18 others were injured when the suspect stormed into the club just before midnight Saturday and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle.

The suspect was taken down by a military veteran named Richard Fierro, and mug shot pictures show Aldrich with extensive wounds to the head and neck.

Police named the five people who died as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.

Meanwhile, the suspect’s father sparked outrage for his anti-LGBT+ views.

Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, told CBS8, “I keep finding 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…'”

He added that his family was Mormon and, “We don’t worship homosexuals.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized for response to shooting in Colorado

Marjorie Taylor Greene was back and causing controversy this week after she chose her response to the mass shooting at an LGBT club in Colorado as a means of attacking Joe Biden on unrelated issues.

Ms Greene’s two-tweet thread about the attack, in which five were killed and more than a dozen injured, surprised few; the tweets did not address the significance of the target or the wave of hatred that right-wing political figures have directed at LGBT people and transgender Americans in particular over the past few years.

“Tragically, 300 Americans die from fentanyl poisoning every day in America and Biden says and does nothing. Tragically, 5 people were killed in a shooting in Colorado and Biden is calling for an immediate ban on assault weapons,” she wrote.

She added: “The solutions are these: 1. Secure the border and stop the drugs. 2. Defend our right to keep and bear arms so people can defend themselves against killers who could care less about laws.”

John Bowden has the history.

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Shooter showed ‘no hesitation’, says witness

Deanne VanScyoc said she fell to the floor behind a pool table at Club Q and called 911 when the first shots rang out just before midnight, hitting people at the bar who had been drinking and chatting.

Ms VanScyoc was facing the entrance behind a glass wall when the shooter entered, she said.

The shooter turned right and fired a single shot at the pole, then three more in quick succession, then a flurry of shots. “There was no hesitation,” VanScyoc told The Associated Press in an interview.

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Remembering the victims of the Colorado shooting

Hundreds of people, many holding candles and wiping away tears, gathered in one Monday night Colorado Springs park to honor those killed and wounded when a gunman opened fire on a nightlife venue that for decades was a haven for the local LGBTQ community.

The wake came as the 22-year-old suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, remained hospitalized after Saturday night’s attack, in which five people were killed and another 17 suffered gunshot wounds before patrons tackled and beat the suspect into submission. Aldrich faces five counts of murder and five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily harm, online court records showed.

More details in our full report.

Rage and sadness as victims of Colorado club shooting honored

Hundreds of people, many holding candles and wiping away tears, have gathered at a Colorado Springs park to honor those killed and wounded when a gunman opened fire on a nightclub that for decades was a haven for local LGBTQ- community

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Colorado suspect Anderson Aldrich has MAGA tape

Suspected gunman Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, allegedly opened fire inside Club Q in Colorado Spring just before midnight Saturday night.

Bartenders Daniel Aston and Derrick Rump and patron Kelly Loving were among the five victims killed in the attack. Another 25 people were injured, 19 of whom received gunshot wounds.

That mass shooting came to an end thanks to the bravery of at least one clubgoer, who tackled the gunman to the ground and detained them until police arrived on the scene.

Rachel Sharp has the history.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 03:40

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What are survivors of the Club Q shooting saying?

Ed Sanders was just opening a tab at Club Q’s bar when the shooting started.

The 63-year-old said he had been queuing at the bar and he went up to the front and gave the bartender his credit card when he was hit in the back – right between the shoulder blades. Surprised and shocked, he turned to look at the gunman, but was hit in the thigh again as another volley of shots was fired.

“I fell. And everybody fell,” Sanders said in video statements released Tuesday by UCHealth Memorial Hospital Center. “It was very traumatic. I shielded another woman with my coat … there was a lot of chaos.”

Amy Forliti has the whole story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 02:40

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Old arrest records suggest Colorado Springs suspect wanted to ‘walk into a fire’

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

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 02:10

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Mugshot shows Colorado Springs suspect Anderson Aldrich with facial and neck wounds

The photos show Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, with several apparent wounds on his face and neck.

According to clubbers, more patrons are at Club Q tackled the 22-year-old and managed to wrestle away the AR-like rifle they were carrying.

More details in our full story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 01:55

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Anderson Aldrich’s defense announces that they are non-binary

The alleged gunman facing possible hate crime charges in the shooting deaths of five people at a Colorado Springs Gay nightclub is non-binary, suspect’s defense team says in lawsuits.

In several standard motions filed on behalf of Anderson Lee Aldrich on Tuesday, public defenders refer to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich,” noting in footnotes that Aldrich, 22, is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. The motions address issues such as expungement of documents and collection of evidence, not Aldrich’s identity, and there was no elaboration on it.

Aldrich, who was beaten into submission by patrons during Saturday night’s shooting at Club Q, appeared in court for the first time Wednesday via video from jail. The motive for the shooting was still under investigation, but authorities said Aldrich is facing possible murder and hate crime charges.

Get all the details in our full story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 01:43

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Father of Colorado Springs shooting suspect apologizes: ‘Life is so fragile’

Aaron Brink, father of Colorado Springs mass shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich, is openly anti-gay, but nonetheless apologized for his child’s alleged crimes.

“I am so sorry for your loss,” Mr. Brink said. “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.”

Bevan Hurley has more on what Aldrich’s father said.

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Photos: Booking photo shows Colorado suspect with extensive facial injuries

The Colorado Springs Police Department has released booking photos of mass shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich.

In the photos, Aldrich can be seen with apparent wounds to his face and neck, likely the result of clubbers tackling the alleged shooter during the attack.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 00:22

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