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

Army veteran gives account of tackling Colorado Springs gunman

The father of Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich triggered public outcry for his anti-LGBT+ views after he said his first reaction on being informed of the attack at Club Q was to question why his child was at a gay bar.

Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, told CBS8: “I go on to find out it’s a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I got scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phhhewww…’”

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

Aldrich, 22, who allegedly identifies as nonbinary, is facing preliminary charges including five counts of murder along with five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury.

At least 18 others sustained injuries when the suspect stormed into the club just before midnight on Saturday and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle.

The suspect was taken down by an Army veteran named Richard Fierro, and mugshot photos show Aldrich with extensive wounds to the head and neck.

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Mothers, friends, performers among dead at Colorado gay club

A loving boyfriend. A 28-year-old bartender who loved to perform. A mother visiting from a small town who enjoyed hunting. These are among the victims of the rampage at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs that left five people dead and 17 others with gunshot wounds.

Club regulars and newcomers — gay and straight, transgender and cisgender — flocked to Club Q over the weekend to dance, enjoy a comedy show or work behind the bar. What began as a typical Saturday evening of dancing and drinking at the preeminent LGBTQ establishment in the conservative-leaning Colorado city south of Denver ended in tragedy when a gunman entered and began spraying bullets before they were tackled and subdued.

More details in our full story.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 07:40

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Eleven wounded still at hospital

Of the 17 people injured by gunshots in Saturday’s attack, 11 remained in the hospital as of yesterday night, officials said.

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

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

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar24 November 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 of the front door of a house in Colorado Springs with their hands in the air after a stand-off with police.

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

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

What’s more, media reports suggest that the weapons wielded during the attack – a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun – were purchased legally.

Io Dodds has more.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 06:40

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Mugshot shows suspect with face and neck wounds

Police released the booking photos of Anderson Lee Aldrich, who is accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding numerous others in a Colorado Springs LGBT+ nightclub over the weekend.

The photos show Aldrich, who identifies as nonbinary, with numerous apparent wounds to the face and neck.

According to clubgoers, multiple patrons at Club Q tackled the 22-year-old and managed to wrestle away the AR-style rifle they were carrying.

Josh Marcus has more.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar24 November 2022 06:10

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Marjorie Taylor Greene criticised for response to Colorado shooting

Marjorie Taylor Greene was back causing controversy this week after she chose her response to the mass shooting at an LGBT club in Colorado as a means for attacking Joe Biden on unrelated issues.

Ms Greene’s two-tweet thread addressing the attack that saw five killed and more than a dozen wounded surprised few; the tweets did not address the significance of the target nor the wave of hate that right-wing political figures have directed at LGBT people and transgender Americans in particular over the past few years.

“Tragically, 300 Americans die of fentanyl poisoning everyday in America and Biden says and does nothing. Tragically, 5 people were killed in a shooting in Colorado and Biden immediately demands a ban on assault weapons,” she wrote.

She added: “The solutions are this: 1. Secure the border and stop the drugs. 2. Defend our right to keep and bear arms so that people can defend themselves from killers who could care less about laws.“

John Bowden has the story.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 05:40

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Shooter showed ‘no hesitation’, says witness

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

Ms VanScyoc was facing the entrance from behind a glass wall when the shooter came in, she said.

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

Read more here.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar24 November 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 in a Colorado Springs park to honor those killed and wounded when a gunman opened fire on a nightlife venue that for decades was a sanctuary for the local LGBTQ community.

The vigil came as the 22-year-old suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, remained hospitalized after Saturday night’s attack in which five people were killed and another 17 suffered gunshot wounds before patrons tackled and beat the suspect into submission. Aldrich faces five murder charges and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury, online court records showed.

More details in our full report.

Rage and sadness as Colorado club shooting victims honored

Hundreds of people, many holding candles and wiping away tears, have gathered in a Colorado Springs park to honor those killed and wounded when a gunman opened fire on a nightlife venue that for decades was a sanctuary for the local LGBTQ community

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 04:40

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Colorado suspect Anderson Aldrich has MAGA ties

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

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

The mass shooting came to an end thanks to the bravery of at least one clubgoer, who tackled the gunman to the ground and detained them until law enforcement arrived on the scene.

Rachel Sharp has the story.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 03:40

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What are survivors of the Club Q shooting saying?

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

The 63-year-old said he had been waiting in line at the bar, and made his way up to the front and gave the bartender his credit card when he was hit in the back — right between the shoulder blades. Surprised and shocked, he turned to look at the gunman, only to be hit again in the thigh as another volley of shots were fired.

“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 Forliti has the full story.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 02:40

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Old arrest records suggest Colorado Springs suspect wanted to ‘go out in a blaze’

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

Read our full report.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 02:10

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