Anderson’s father Lee Aldrich speaks out as motive for massacre remains unclear

Anderson’s father Lee Aldrich speaks out as motive for massacre remains unclear
Anderson’s father Lee Aldrich speaks out as motive for massacre remains unclear

Army veteran reports on fight against Colorado Springs shooter

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Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich wanted to be the “next mass killer” and go out “into a fire,” according to records of past arrests.

More than a year before the 22-year-old 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.

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”.

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

Aldrich’s father sparked outrage after saying his first reaction to being told about the mass shooting was to wonder why his child was in a gay bar.

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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 is 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 for 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.


Gay club shooting suspect escaped Colorado’s red flag gun law

A year and a half before he was arrested in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five people dead, Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly threatened his mother with a pipe bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the demining team and crisis negotiators were talking to him. by surrendering.

Yet despite this fear, there is no record prosecutor ever advanced with kidnapping and threatening charges against Aldrich, or that police or relatives attempted to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law that would have allowed authorities to seize the weapons and ammunition the man’s mother said 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 unclear the law could have prevented Saturday night’s attack – such gun seizures can be in effect for as little as 14 days and extended by a judge in six-month increments — they say it could have at least slowed Aldrich down and raised his profile with law enforcement.

Bernard Condon and Colleen Slevin have the story.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 12:10 p.m.


Records suggest suspect wanted to ‘get out in a fire’

Anderson Lee Aldrich, the alleged gunman who killed five people at a Colorado Springs LGBT+ club over the weekend, previously told his family he wants to be the “next mass killer.”

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

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

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 11:50 am


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

A person of the same name and age was arrested in June 2021 after his mother told officers he was threatening her with a pipe bomb and other weapons.

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

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 11:30 am

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