Police name suspect in ‘heartbreaking’ Colorado Springs shooting
A video purporting to show Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, during a bomb threat encounter with police has surfaced.
Mr Lee was named as the suspect in the mass shooting at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday which left at least five people dead and 18 injured has been charged with five counts of murder and five counts of bias-motivated crimes causing bodily injury, which are class-5 felony charges.
It was also revealed that the suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is the grandson of Republican Assemblyman Randy Voepel of California. Mr Voepel espouses MAGA ideology and called the Captiol riot to the “Lexington and Concord” battle of the American Revolution.
The suspect was arrested in June 2021 after his mother told officers that he was threatening her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.
Colorado prosecutors declined to explicitly confirm the connection, saying only that the incident in 2021 was “all part of the investigation and will be released as appropriate”.
Mr Aldrich stormed inside the nightclub and opened fire on the patrons, before “two heroic people inside the club confronted and fought” with him according to chief Adrian Vasquez. He reportedly carried an AR-15-style rifle. Two firearms were recovered from the scene.
Police responded within minutes after several 911 calls from the scene just before midnight on Saturday, when the club hosted drag performances and a DJ the day before the club would commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Final two victims in Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs identified
The final two victims in the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs have been identified by law enforcement.
Ashley Paugh, a mother of one, and Raymond Green were identified by police as victims in the shooting.
Ms Paugh did not identify as a member of the LGBT community but was visiting the club to see a comedian, according to her sister Stephanie Clark, who spoke with NBC News.
“It just doesn’t seem real,” Ms Clark told the outlet. “We’re heartbroken. We’re sad. We’re mad, angry.”
More information on Mr Green will be shared when it becomes available.
Bevan Hurley has more at The Independent’s story below:
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 21:00
What we know about the shooting suspect
Police officers responded to the scene shortly after midnight after 911 dispatchers received “numerous” calls that there was an active shooter inside the club.
On Sunday morning, Colorado Springs Police identified the suspected shooter as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.
He was hospitalised with undisclosed injuries.
Here’s what we know so far:
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 21:00
Colorado governor orders flags to be flown at half mast to honour victims
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has ordered flags in the state to be flown at half mast for five days in memory of the five people killed in the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs.
Five people were killed and another 18 were injured in a mass shooting on Saturday. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was named as a suspect in the shooting. He is currently recovering in the hospital and has reportedly not spoken with investigators.
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 20:40
Colorado Springs police chief says shooting suspect has not spoken to investigators
Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, who was named as the suspect in a shooting that killed five people at an LGBT club in the city, was not speaking with investigators.
The suspect is currently still hospitlalised.
During a Monday press conference, Mr Vasquez was asked if the suspect was being cooperative with law enforcement.
“I haven’t heard that he has not been cooperative, just simply that he is — has determined not to — to speak to investigators,” Mr Vasquez said.
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 20:25
Number of injured drops to 18 after initial reports suggest 25 hurt in Colorado Springs shooting
Officials in Colorado Springs adjusted the number of those injured to 18 on Monday after initial reports suggested 25 people had been injured during a shooting at the LGBT Club Q in the city.
Of those injured, 17 suffered gunshot wounds and another was injured but not shot.
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 20:19
Video capture’s shooting suspect’s 2021 bomb threat encounter with police
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was arrested in June last year after his mother Laura Voepel called police to report he had threatened her with a homemade bomb, according to a statement from El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Read more and see the video in Bevan Hurley’s story below at The Independent:
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 20:04
A night of terror at an LGBT+ safe space
A patron who survived the mass shooting at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs has described his terror as he hid from the gunman with other clubgoers in a locked room.
Io Dodds reports.
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 19:50
Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod, the state’s first LGBTQ African American to hold office in the state assembly, appeared on “Democracy Now” to discuss the shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBT club that left five people dead and 25 others wounded.
“It’s clear why this person did this, why he went into an LGBTQ club and sprayed bullets — you know, mass destruction on people,” she said. “It’s because of the hate, right, that we hear in the rhetoric every single day, and knowing that he is connected to an extremist family is something I think we all must take note of. But make no mistake, anyone who turns on their Twitter feed or social media feed every single day can see this hate.”
She went on to say she had been targeted by an organisation online “simply for supporting trans youth.”
“The hate will not make us go back into the shadows,” she said.
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 19:29
Alleged video of Colorado shooter taunting police during 2021 bomb threat encounter
The Daily Mail claims it has video of suspected Colorado shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, during a 2021 police raid at his home that occurred after he made a bomb threat.
“This is your boy, I’ve got the f***** s**theads outside. F***** s**theads got their f***** rifles out. If they breach I’m [going to] blow it to holy hell. Come on in boys, let’s f***** see it!” the man allegedly says in the video.
The suspect appears in SWAT gear and streamed his thoughts on the police response to his alleged threat over Facebook.
Graig Graziosi21 November 2022 19:11