Tag Archives: Colorado Springs

Club Q Shooter Charged With 305 Criminal Counts

The Denver Post reports: The suspect in the mass shooting at an LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs last month was charged Tuesday with 305 criminal counts, including first-degree murder, bias-motivated crimes and attempted murder. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, had been arrested and held on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder and five hate-crime charges immediately after the Nov. 20 …

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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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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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Headquarters Sign For CO Hate Group Gets Defaced

Colorado Springs’ CBS affiliate reports: Vandals defaced a sign outside a local Christian ministry Thursday, accusing the organization of complicity in the horrific massacre at an LGBTQ+ nightclub.  “Their blood is on your hands. Five lives taken,” reads the graffiti on the brick Focus on the Family sign, which outside its facility off Briargate Parkway in north Colorado Springs. Police …

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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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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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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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DA: Charges For Club Q Shooter May Come Today

NewsNation reports: Investigators were still determining a motive and whether to prosecute it as a hate crime, El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said to NewsNation on-air Monday morning. “We’re looking at also hate crime potentially if there’s any bias-motivated aspects of this. There’s obviously some evidence of that based on the fact of where this occurred,” Allen said. …

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CO County Sheriff Refused To Enforce Red Flag Law

The Associated Press reports: A year and a half before he was arrested in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five people dead, Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked him into surrendering. Yet despite that scare, there’s no …

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Patron Grabbed Gun From Shooter, Struck Him With It

The Associated Press reports: As bullets tore through a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, killing five people and wounding many more, one patron who’d been partying moments before rushed into action, grabbing a handgun from the suspect, hitting him with it and pinning him down until police arrived just minutes later. He was one of at least two customers who …

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