Colorado Springs shooting – updates: Bloody Anderson Aldrich mugshot released as father’s comments sparked outrage

Army veteran accounts for Colorado Springs shooter

Anderson Lee Aldrich, a suspect in the Colorado Springs shooting, first appeared via video link on Wednesday after allegedly 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 and five counts of committing a bias-motivated felony causing bodily harm.

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

The suspect was shot down by an army veteran named Richard Fierro, and mugshot photos show Aldrich with extensive wounds to the head and neck.

Police named the five dead 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 found out it’s a gay bar. I said, “God, is he gay?” I got scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phhhewww…’”

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

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Colorado suspect Anderson Aldrich has MAGA ties

The suspected gunman Anderson Lee Aldrich (22) is said to have opened fire just before midnight on Saturday night at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

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

The mass shooting ended thanks to the bravery of at least one clubgoer, who tackled the gunman to the ground and held them until police arrived on the scene.

Rachel Sharp has the story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 3:40 AM

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What do survivors of the Club Q shooting say?

Ed Sanders was just opening an account in Club Q’s bar when shooting started.

The 63-year-old said he had been waiting in line at the bar and walked up and handed 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 shooter, only to be hit again in the thigh as another volley of shots was fired.

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

Amy Forliti has the full story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 02:40 AM

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Old arrest records suggest Colorado Springs suspect ‘wanted to go out on fire’

Eventually, crisis negotiators managed to bring Aldrich in, and she was booked in the El Paso County jail on two felony counts 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 numerous apparent wounds to the face and neck.

According to club visitors, several customers are at Club Q tackled the 22-year-old and managed to wrestle away the AR-style rifle they were carrying.

More details in our full story.

Josh MarcusNov 24, 2022 1:55 AM

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

The alleged shooter who may be facing hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub is non-binary, the defendant’s defense team says in court.

In several standard requests filed Tuesday on behalf of Anderson Lee Aldrich, public defenders refer to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich,” noting in footnotes that Aldrich, 22, is non-binary and uses she/she pronouns. The motions are about things like unsealing documents and gathering evidence, not Aldrich’s identity and there was no elaboration on them.

Aldrich, who was beaten into submission by patrons during Saturday night’s Club Q shooting, made his first court appearance on Wednesday via video from prison. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation, but authorities said Aldrich may face charges of murder and hate crimes.

Read all the details in our full story.

Josh MarcusNov 24, 2022 1:43 AM

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

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

“Sorry guys for your loss,” Mr. Brink said. “Without regard to politics, it is a lifetime. I’m very sorry. My soul goes out to you.”

“Life is so fragile and precious,” he said. “The lives of those people were valuable.”

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

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 00:44

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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.

The photos show Aldrich with obvious wounds to the face and neck, likely as a result of clubbers tackling the alleged gunman during the attack.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 00:22

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Colorado Springs Part of National Trend of Threats Against LGTBQ+ Community: Report

The weekend massacre at a Colorado gay club is part of a larger pattern of threats against LGBTQ+ people across the country.

There were at least 124 protests and a significant number of threats against drag events in the US in 2022, according to advocacy group GLAAD.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 00:02

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How Club Q Clients Stopped the Colorado Springs Shooter

Richard Fierro, the former US Army major who tackled to the ground a gunman who opened fire on an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and knocked him unconscious, has given an emotional account of his bravery on CNN.

Speaking to John Berman on the network Monday night, Mr. Fierro described what happened when the gunman started firing Saturday night at Club Q.

He recognized that the shooter, 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich, was wearing a flak jacket with a handle attached and ran across the room, grabbing hold of it and pulling him to the floor.

Another person helped Mr. Fierro bring Mr. Aldrich to the ground and he told them to push the AR-15 rifle away.

Oliver O’Connell and Beavn Hurley have more.

Josh MarcusNov 23, 2022 11:42 PM

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The Colorado shooter’s strange connection to January 6

The suspected gunman Anderson Lee Aldrich (22) is said to have opened fire just before midnight on Saturday night at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

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

The mass shooting ended thanks to the bravery of at least one clubgoer, who tackled the gunman to the ground and held them until police arrived on the scene.

Rachel Sharp has the full story.

Josh MarcusNov 23, 2022 11:22 PM

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