Colorado Springs shooting – live: Suspect Anderson Aldrich’s father says ‘we don’t do gay’, triggering outrage

Army veteran explains dealing with Colorado Springs gunman

The father of Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich has drawn public outcry for his anti-LGBT+ views after he said his first reaction to learning about the Club Q attack was to wonder why his child was gay bar.

Aaron Brink, a former porn star and MMA fighter, told CBS8, “I keep finding out it’s a gay bar. I said, “Oh my God, is he gay?” I was scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I was like, ‘Phhhewww…'”

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

Aldrich, 22, who reportedly identifies as non-binary, faces preliminary charges including five counts of murder along with five counts of committing a bias crime causing bodily harm.

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

The suspect was apprehended by an Army veteran named Richard Fierro, and photos show Aldrich with extensive head and neck injuries.

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Eleven injured remain in hospital

At least five people were killed when 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich burst into an LGBT+ nightclub and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle.

The suspect was apprehended by an Army veteran named Richard Fierro with the help of fellow patrons.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 24, 2022 07:10

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How did the Colorado Springs gunman get his firearms despite the state’s “red flag” law?

In June 2021, Anderson Lee Aldrich walked out the front door of a Colorado Springs home with his hands in the air after a standoff with police.

Authorities arrested them for felony menacing and first-degree kidnapping after their mother claimed they threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.

Seventeen months later, Mr Aldrich, 22, is in police custody on suspicion of murdering five people at an LGBT+ nightclub called Club Q.

Additionally, media reports indicate that the weapons used during the attack – a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol – were purchased legally.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 06:40

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Mugshot shows suspect with facial and neck injuries

Police have released the arrest photos of Anderson Lee Aldrich, who is accused of fatally shooting five people and injuring several others at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs over the weekend.

According to club goers, several patrons at Club Q confronted the 22-year-old and managed to fight him off with the AR rifle he was carrying.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 24, 2022 06:10

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Marjorie Taylor Greene has been criticized for her response to the Colorado shooting

Marjorie Taylor Greene returned to court this week after she chose her response to the mass shooting at an LGBT club in Colorado as a means to attack Joe Biden on unrelated issues.

Ms. Greene’s two-tweet thread about the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen injured surprised few. the tweets were not about the importance of the target nor the wave of hate that right-wing political figures have directed at LGBT people and especially trans Americans in recent years.

“Tragically, 300 Americans die from fentanyl poisoning every day in America and Biden says and does nothing. Tragically, 5 people have been killed in a shooting in Colorado and Biden is demanding an immediate ban on assault weapons,” he wrote.

He added: “The solutions are: 1. Secure the borders and stop the drugs. 2. We defend our right to keep and bear arms so that people can defend themselves against murderers who could care less about the law.”

John Bowden it has the story.

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The shooter showed “no hesitation,” the witness says

Deanne VanScyoc said she dropped to the floor behind a pool table at Club Q and called 911 as the first shots rang out shortly before midnight, hitting people in the bar who were drinking and chatting.

Ms VanScyoc was facing the entrance behind a glass wall when the attacker entered, she said.

The gunner turned right and fired a single shot into the crossbar, then three more in quick succession, then a flurry of shots. “There was no hesitation,” Ms. VanScyoc told The Associated Press in an interview.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 24, 2022 05:10

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Remembering the victims of the Colorado shooting

Hundreds of people, many holding candles and wiping away tears, gathered Monday night at a Colorado Springs park to honor those killed and wounded when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub that for decades had been a haven for the local LGBTQ community.

The vigil came as the 22-year-old suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, remained hospitalized after the Saturday night attack, in which five people were killed and 17 others were shot and wounded before patrons tackled the suspect and beat him into submission. Aldrich faces five counts of murder and five counts of committing a bias crime causing bodily harm, online court records showed.

More details in our full report.

Anger and sadness as victims of Colorado club shooting are honored

Hundreds of people, many holding candles and wiping away tears, gathered at a Colorado Springs park to honor those killed and wounded when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub that for decades had been a haven for the local LGBTQ community.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 04:40

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Colorado suspect Anderson Aldrich has ties to MAGA

Suspected gunman Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, reportedly opened fire inside Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight Saturday night.

Bartenders Daniel Ashton and Derrick Rabb as well as patron Kelly Loving were among the five victims killed in the attack. Another 25 people were injured, including 19 gunshot wounds.

The mass shooting ended thanks to the bravery of at least one member of the club, who tackled the gunman to the ground and held him until police arrived.

Rachel Sharp it has the story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 03:40

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What are survivors of the Club Q shooting saying?

Ed Sanders was just opening a tab at the Club Q bar when the shooting started.

The 63-year-old said he was waiting in line at the bar and went up to the front 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 face the gunman, only to be hit in the thigh again as more gunfire rang out.

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

Amy Forlitti has the full story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 02:40

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

Eventually, crisis negotiators were able to bring Aldrich in and he was booked into 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 injuries

The photos show Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, with multiple visible injuries to his face and neck.

According to club goers, many patrons at Club Q faced the 22-year-old and managed to wrestle the AR style rifle they brought with them.

More details in our full story.

Josh MarcusNovember 24, 2022 01:55

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