Tag Archives: Club Q

Owner Says Community Wants Club Q To Reopen

NPR reports: The owner of Club Q, the Colorado Springs, Colo., LGBTQ nightclub where a deadly mass shooting occurred nearly two weeks ago, said that although exact plans are still being decided, the club will reopen. Club Q was a haven for LGBT+ people in the conservative city, and despite the tragedy, work is being done to ensure it continues …

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Mother Of Club Q Gunman Was Arrested Last Week

Colorado Springs’ ABC affiliate reports: The mother of the suspected Club Q shooter, Anderson Aldrich, was cited for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on November 20, 2022, one day after the Club Q mass shooting. The Colorado Springs Police Department says that the mother, Laura Voepel, was warned to stop yelling or she would be arrested for disorderly conduct. She …

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Second Club Q Hero Issues Message To LGBTQ Youth: “Be Brave, When You Come Out, Come Out Swinging”

Denver’s CBS affiliate reports: Among the heroes identified by witnesses and officials in the Club Q shooting was U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James, who reportedly charged the shooter with Richard Fierro and possibly others at the bar. James, through a Centura Heath spokesman, issued a statement Sunday for the first time since the shooting at the Colorado …

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Patrons Swarm Reopened Bar Of Club Q Hero [VIDEO]

Colorado Springs’ CBS affiliate reports: Customers nearly overwhelmed bartenders at Atrevida Beer Co. on Friday. The bar, located in Northeast Colorado Springs is co-owned by Richard Fierro and his wife. Fierro was praised by police officers for charging into the fire of the Club Q gunman, who killed five people in last week’s tragic shooting, and helping to disarm him. …

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Club Q Owner Blames “Groomer” Rhetoric For Shooting

The Associated Press reports: Nic Grzecka’s voice was tinged with exhaustion as he spoke with The Associated Press on Wednesday night in some of his first comments since Saturday night’s attack at Club Q, a venue Grzecka helped build into an enclave that sustained the LGBTQ community in conservative-leaning Colorado Springs. Grzecka said he believes the targeting of a drag …

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Club Q Shooter Had Racist Meltdown On Flight [VIDEO]

Denver’s Fox affiliate reports: Cell phone video from a Frontier Airlines passenger showed club shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich and Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, in a heated confrontation with fellow passengers on July 31. The video was taken by Maria Martinez after the Aurora woman said Aldrich referred to her by a racist slur used against Hispanics. After she was called …

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“Sacred” Pulse Pride Flag Unfurled In Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs’ Fox affiliate reports: In the wake of the tragedy at Club Q, a flag was raised Wednesday morning, Nov. 23, at Colorado Springs City Hall in solidarity with the grieving LGBTQ+ community. A 24 by 14 foot section of a historic pride flag now hangs at City Hall as a gesture of love and healing. This flag, known …

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REPORT: Club Q Gunman Wanted To Be Next Mass Killer

Colorado Springs’ CBS affiliate reports: KKTV 11 News has obtained old arrest papers, and in them, a man reportedly told his family that he wanted to be the next mass killer. Sources confirm to 11 News the man in the arrest papers is the same man as the accused Club Q gunman. Investigators will not confirm if the accused gunman …

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CO Police Release Booking Photo Of Club Q Shooter

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports: The official booking photo of Anderson Lee Aldrich was released by the Colorado Springs Police Department on Wednesday afternoon. The newly released photo shows Aldrich with multiple marks from the beating he took after being subdued by two patrons of the club. Richard Fierro, 45, has been hailed as a hero after he says he reacted on …

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Shooter’s Friend: He Never Claimed To Be Nonbinary

NBC News reports: A recent neighbor of Club Q shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich said he spent hours talking to the FBI on Tuesday morning. He told investigators the suspect made several hateful comments toward the LGBTQ community. “Just expressed he didn’t like the LGBTQ community,” said Xavier Kraus, who lived across the hallway from Aldrich. “And pretty sure at one …

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LIVE VIDEO: Colorado Club Q Shooter Appears In Court

CNN reports: The 22-year-old accused of carrying out a mass shooting inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the weekend is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for the first time since the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen injured. Anderson Lee Aldrich is expected to attend the initial court hearing via video conference …

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Club Q Shooter To Make First Court Appearance Today

ABC News reports: The alleged gunman in a deadly shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado is scheduled to make his first court appearance virtually on Wednesday, court records show. Five people were killed and 17 others wounded by gunfire in the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs late Saturday night. Police are investigating the incident as a …

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Public Defenders Say Club Q Shooter Is Nonbinary

NewsNation reports: The person who is accused of killing five people during a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado is nonbinary, according to court records. Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman, the public defenders for Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, included the information about the suspect’s identity in the footnotes of a motion filed Tuesday. Aldrich is facing murder and hate …

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US Navy Names Injured Sailor As Second Club Q Hero

The Military Times reports: The Navy has confirmed that a sailor was among the 18 injured in the Colorado nightclub shooting on Nov. 19 that also left five dead. Local officials and police said the sailor played a key role in stopping the shooting. Petty Officer Second Class Thomas James was among those injured, the Navy said in a statement …

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Biden Calls Club Q Hero, Thanks Him “For His Bravery”

ABC News reports: President Biden on Tuesday called Richard Fierro, an Army veteran who has been credited with taking down the gunman inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden personally thanked Fierro “for his bravery and for his just instinct to act.” “The president just moments ago spoke to …

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WaPo: Club Q Shooter Changed His Name At Age 16

The Washington Post reports: Years before he allegedly walked into a Colorado LGBTQ bar with an assault-style rifle, the man now known as Anderson Lee Aldrich had a different name, and a tumultuous past. Until age 15, he was known as Nicholas Brink, living in San Antonio, public records show. His parents separated when he was a toddler, and when …

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CNN Interviews Hero Who Took Down Club Q Shooter

CNN reports:   Former Army Maj. Richard Fierro never thought he would need to use the combat skills he learned in the military while on a night out with his family. Fierro and Thomas James were identified by police as two clubgoers who helped take down the suspected gunman. “This whole thing was a lot, my daughter and wife should’ve …

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LIVE VIDEO: Police Give Update On Club Q Shooting

USA Today reports:   The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and injuring others at a LGBTQ nightclub is facing murder and hate crime charges, court records show. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is facing five murder charges and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury. Authorities on Monday were searching for a motive after the rampage left five people …

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NYT Interviews Hero Who Took Down Club Q Shooter

The New York Times reports: Richard M. Fierro said he was at a table in Club Q with his wife, daughter and friends on Saturday, watching a drag show, when the sudden flash of gunfire ripped across the nightclub. His instincts from four combat deployments as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan instantly kicked in. Fight back, he told …

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Video Shows 2021 Arrest Of Colorado Springs Shooter

CNN reports: Video obtained by CNN shows Aldrich surrendering to law enforcement last year after allegedly making a bomb threat. Footage from the Ring door camera of the owner of the home shows Aldrich exiting the house with his hands up and barefoot, and walking to sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report by the man’s mother he was …

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