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

Army veteran tells details of dealing with a Colorado Springs gunman

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich wanted to be the “next mass murderer” and get out “in a fire,” according to previous arrest records.

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More than a year before the 22-year-old allegedly killed five victims in a mass shooting at LGBT+ nightclub Club Q, Aldrich was arrested on a bomb threat charge. No charges were filed, and the case was closed.

Records emerged showing the accused shooter’s grandmother told police that they said they “were going to be the next mass murderer and had collected ammunition, firearms and body armor and stored them in the basement of the house.”

Aldrich, who is allegedly non-binary, now faces preliminary charges that include five counts of murder along with five counts of bias motivated crime causing bodily injury during the Saturday Night Massacre.

Aldrich’s father was furious after he said his first reaction when informed of the mass shooting was to ask why his child was in a gay bar.

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

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Witness: The father of the suspected gunman speaks to a local news outlet

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

told Aaron Brink, a former pornographic actor and mixed martial arts fighter CBS 8 He got 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 accident, a shooting involving several people,” Mr. Brink said in an interview.

And then I keep finding out it’s a gay bar. I said, God, is he gay? I freaked out, “S***, is he gay?” And he’s not gay, so I said, “Phhhewww…”

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 14:10

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Local breweries in Colorado Springs hold a fundraiser throughout the day for shooting victims and families

More than 20 local Colorado Springs breweries will pool resources for a full-day fundraiser, with a portion of tabs going towards providing financial support to the victims and survivors of the Club Q mass shooting last Saturday.

The Brews for Q fundraiser will carry today’s sales to charity drives held after the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen injured at the popular LGBT+ nightclub.

A Facebook fundraising event, organized by a local brewery, The Public House, describes how they “joined several local organizations for #BrewsForQ this #SmallBusinessSaturday to raise money for the victims and their families.”

The event description adds: “From 12 to 5 p.m. on November 26, one dollar from pints poured at both PH locations will be donated to the Verified Victims Fund.”

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 13:50

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The motive for the attack remains unclear as the investigation continues

The motive for the Club Q attack that left five people dead and at least 18 others is still under investigation by authorities.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of those crimes as part of a bias attack.

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

His next hearing is scheduled for December 6.

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022, 13:30

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

told Aaron Brink, a former pornographic actor and mixed martial arts fighter CBS 8 He got 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 news outlet, Mr. Brink, 48, said his ex-wife Laura Voeppel called him in 2016 to say their child, born Nicholas Brink, had changed his name and died. by committing suicide.

“His mom told me he changed his name because I was on (the reality TV show) intervention “I was a porn actor,” Mr. Brink said. CBS 8.

He had continued to believe his child had died until six months ago, when he suddenly received a call from Aldrich.

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

He went on to say that he taught his child how to fight at an early age and “praised him for his violent behaviour”.

“I told him it works. It’s immediate and you get immediate results,” said Mr. Brink. CBS 8.

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 13:10

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Who are the victims of the shooting at Club Q?

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

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 12:50

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The veteran hero reveals how he dealt with the suspect with the help of a transgender woman

A former Army captain tackled the shooter who opened fire at a Colorado Springs gay, bisexual and transgender nightclub and beat the suspect unconscious as a trans woman in heels trampled 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 fire.

Mr. Fierro told The New York Times He began his military training and ran towards the shooter, grabbed him from behind with his body armor and pulled him to the ground.

“I knew I had to knock him out,” said Mr. Fierro.

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 12:30

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The suspect in the gay club shooting evaded Colorado’s red gun law

A year and a half before his arrest in the 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 talked him into surrendering.

However, despite this horror, there is no record that prosecutors ever brought forward felony kidnapping and threatened charges against Aldrich, or that police or relatives attempted to enact a “red flag” law in Colorado that would have allowed authorities to confiscate the weapons and ammunition that the man’s mother says was with him.

Gun control advocates say Aldrich’s June 2021 threat is an example of a red flag being ignored, which could have deadly consequences. While it’s not clear the law could have prevented Saturday night’s attack — gun seizures can be valid for 14 days and a judge can extend them in six-month increments — they say it could have at least slowed Aldrich down and raised the profile with law enforcement.

Bernard Condon And the Colin Slevin the story.

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 12:10

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Records indicate that the suspect wanted to “go out in a fire.”

Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspected shooter who killed five people at the Colorado Springs LGBT Club over the weekend, previously told his family they wanted to be the “next mass killer.”

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

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

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 at 11:50

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

A person with the same name and age was arrested in June 2021 after his mother told officers he was threatening 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.”

Joanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 11:30

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

The suspect’s father, Anderson Lee Aldrich, said that while he holds homophobic views, there is no excuse for his child allegedly shooting people at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

“I am so sorry guys for your loss,” said Aaron Brink, 48. Politics aside, it’s human life. I’m so sorry. My soul is with you. “

“Life is very fragile,” he said, “and it is valuable.” “These people’s lives were valuable.”

Alisha Rehman SarkarNovember 24, 2022 11:10

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