Colorado Springs shooting updates: Suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich denied bail as photo reveals bruised face

Army veteran reports on fight against Colorado Springs shooter

colorado springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich wanted to be the “next mass killer” and go out “into a fire”, according to past arrest records.

Aldrich, who reportedly identifies as non-binary, now faces preliminary charges, including five counts of murder as well as five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily harm following a mass shooting inside LGBT+ Club Q nightclub. The suspect will remain incarcerated without bond.

Booking photos reveal multiple bruises and other apparent injuries to the suspect’s face and neck.

A year before the massacre, Aldrich was arrested for making an alleged bomb threat. No charges were filed and the case was sealed.

Files have surfaced showing the accused shooter’s grandmother told police they said they “were going to be the next mass killer and that they collected ammunition, firearms, bulletproof vests and had them stored in the basement of the residence”.


Anderson Lee Aldrich sent a chilling message to his mother hours before the shooting of Colorado Springs

Less than a day before Anderson Lee Aldrich opened fire at an LGBT+ nightclub, the suspect’s mother reportedly posted a chilling message on Facebook.

Laura Voepel, the 22-year-old mother of the mass shooting suspect, reportedly wrote “my son is missing” and “took my phone and debit card”.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 3:30 p.m.


Mugshot shows Colorado Springs suspect Anderson Aldrich with face and neck injuries

Booking photos of Anderson Lee Aldrich from the Colorado Springs Police Department reveal numerous apparent injuries to the suspect’s face and neck.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 3:20 p.m.


“Why the hell can’t America end this deadly gun violence?”

There are 400 million guns in the United States and they are being used to kill people at a rate never seen in any other country in the world. The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe writing :

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 3:00 p.m.


ICYMI: Father of Colorado Springs attack suspect makes shocking statement in response to mass shooting

Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, said CBS8 he received a call Sunday night from his child’s public defender saying he was under arrest for the Colorado Springs mass shooting that left five people dead and more than a dozen injured.

He told the CBS8 his family was Mormon, adding, “We don’t do homosexuality.”

The father said that although he has anti-gay views, there is no excuse for his child to shoot people at an LGTBQ+ club.

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

“Life is so fragile, and it’s precious,” he said. “The lives of these people were precious.”

Aldrich’s lawyers said in court documents that the 22-year-old was non-binary and used pronouns.

Bevan Hurley has more details of the interview here.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 2:30 p.m.


Watch: Father of alleged shooter speaks to local media

The Colorado Springs shooting suspect’s father, Anderson Aldrich, said his first reaction to being told about the attack at Club Q was to wonder why his child was at an LGBTQ bar.

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

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

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

Watch the full interview with CBS 8 below.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 2:10 p.m.


Local Colorado Springs breweries create one-day fundraiser for shooting victims and families

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

The ‘Brews for Q’ fundraiser will channel the day’s sales to charity campaigns set up after the attack that left five people dead and more than a dozen injured at the notorious LGBT+ nightclub.

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

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

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 1:50 p.m.


Motive for attack remains unclear as investigation continues

The motive for the Club Q attack which left five people dead and at least 18 others 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 the crimes as part of a bias attack.

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

His next hearing is scheduled for December 6.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 1:30 p.m.


Father of suspected Colorado Springs shooter says he was told Aldrich died years ago

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

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

“His mom told me he changed his name because I was on (a reality 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 received an out of the blue call from Aldrich.

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

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

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

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 1:10 p.m.


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.


Hero Veteran Reveals How He Approached Suspect With Help From Trans Woman

A former Army captain tackled a shooter who opened fire on an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and knocked the suspect unconscious as a trans woman in heels stomped on him.

Richard Fierro, 45, said he was with family and friends at Club Q on Saturday night when the suspect burst in and began to hose down the club with automatic gunfire.

Mr. Fierro told the New York Times his military training began and he ran towards the shooter, grabbed him from behind by his body armor and threw him to the ground.

“I just knew I had to knock it down,” Mr. Fierro said.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 12:30 p.m.

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