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 mug shot photos show Aldrich with extensive wounds to the head and neck.

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AOC eviscerates Lauren Boebert for ‘thoughts and prayers’ response to Colorado Springs mass shooting

Following the Saturday midnight shooting, Ms Boebert tweeted that the “news out of Colorado Springs is absolutely awful”.

“This morning the victims and their families are in my prayers. This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly,” she added.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has the story.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 09:40

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

How are you supposed to feel when a man walks into an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and opens fire, killing five and injuring 20 others?

Horror, for sure, and admiration for the persons who confronted the alleged shooter before he destroyed even more lives.

The same goes for when you wake up to news that six people are dead in a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, after an employee opened fire late at night, grievously injuring half-a-dozen others, before turning the weapon on himself.

But alongside the sympathy for the victims, there are two other emotions that bubble up and won’t go away. And they are angry and outraged, writes Andrew Buncombe.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar24 November 2022 09:10

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‘Master of Silly Business’ among 5 dead in Colorado shooting

On a typical night at the Club Q, a bastion for LGBTQ people in the largely conservative city of Colorado Springs, Daniel Aston could be seen letting loose and sliding across the stage on his knees tailed by his mullet to whoops and hollers.

The venue provided Aston, a 28-year-old transgender man and the self-proclaimed “Master of Silly Business,” with the liberating performances he had long sought. But on Saturday it became the site of the latest mass shooting in the US when a gunman with a semiautomatic rifle opened fire and killed Aston and four others. Twenty-five others were injured.

Jess Bedayn has the story.

Josh Marcus24 November 2022 08:48

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Shooting suspect held without bail

The suspected gunman facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub has been ordered to be held without bail.

In an initial court appearance yesterday the suspect sat slumped over in a chair with injuries visible on their face and head.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, who identifies as non-binary, appeared to need prompting by defense lawyers during a brief video appearance from jail.

Aldrich offered a slurred response when asked to state their name by El Paso County Court Judge Charlotte Ankeny.

The suspect was beaten into submission by patrons during the shooting at Club Q and released from the hospital on Tuesday.

The motive in the shooting was still under investigation, but authorities said Aldrich faces possible murder and hate crime charges.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar24 November 2022 08:10

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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 Colorado Springs with their hands in the air after a stand-off with the 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.

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.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar24 November 2022 06:10

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Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized 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 every day 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 towards 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.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar24 November 2022 05:10

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