Colorado Springs shooting updates: Suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich refused bond as photo reveals bruised face

Army veteran recounts tackle of Colorado Springs gunman

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

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

Booking photos reveal multiple bruises and other visible wounds on 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.

Records have emerged showing the accused shooter’s grandmother told police they said they “wanted to be the next mass murderer and have been collecting ammunition, firearms, body armor and storing it in the basement of the residence”.

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Anderson Lee Aldrich sent mom a heartbreaking message hours before the shooting in Colorado Springs

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

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

Alex Woodward24 November 2022 at 3:30 p.m

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

Booking photos of Anderson Lee Aldrich of the Coloroado Springs Police Department reveal several obvious wounds to the suspect’s face and neck.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 3:20 p.m

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

There are 400 million firearms in the United States, and they are being used to kill people at a rate not seen in any other nation in the world, The independent’p Andrew Buncombe writes:

Alex Woodward24 November 2022 at 3 p.m

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ICYMI: Colorado Springs attack suspect’s father makes shocking statement in response to mass shooting

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

He told CBS8 his family was Mormon, adding, “We don’t practice homosexuals.”

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

“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.”

Aldrich’s lawyers have said in court documents that the 22-year-old is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.

Bevan Hurley have more details from the interview here.

Johanna Chisholm24 November 2022 at 2:30 p.m

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Watch: Suspected gunman’s father speaks out to local news media

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

Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, told CBS8 he received 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 incident, a shooting that involved multiple people,” Brink said in an interview.

“And then I proceed to find 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…'”

See the full interview with CBS 8 below.

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 2:10 p.m

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Local breweries in Colorado Springs are doing a day-long fundraiser for shooting victims and families

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

The “Brews for Q” fundraiser will donate today’s sales to charity campaigns set up after the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen injured at the popular LGBT+ nightclub.

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

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

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 1:50 p.m

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The motive for the attack remains unclear as the investigation continues

The motive behind the Club Q attack, which left five people dead and at least another 18 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 those crimes as part of a biased attack.

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

His next hearing is scheduled for December 6.

Johanna Chisholm24 November 2022 at 1:30 p.m

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

Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, told CBS8 he received 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-based news outlet, Brink, 48, said his ex-wife Laura Voepel called him in 2016 to say their child, who was born Nicholas Brink, had changed his name and died by suicide.

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

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

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

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

Johanna ChisholmNovember 24, 2022 1:10 p.m

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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

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Hero veteran reveals how he tackled suspects with help from trans woman

A former Army captain tackled a shooter who had opened fire at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, knocking the suspect unconscious when a trans woman in heels stomped 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 gunfire.

Sir. Fierro told New York Times his military training kicked in and he ran towards the gunner, grabbed him from behind by his armor and pulled him to the ground.

“I just knew I had to take him down,” Mr. Fierro said.

Johanna Chisholm24 November 2022 at 12.30 p.m

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