Colorado Springs mass shooting live: Anderson Lee Aldrich’s father speaks out as motive behind massacre remains unclear

Army veteran gives account of tackling Colorado Springs gunman

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich wanted to be “the next big killer” and go out “on a hot streak,” according to previous arrest records.

More than a year before the 22-year-old was accused of killing five victims in a mass shooting at the LGBT+ nightclub Club Q, Aldrich was arrested on bomb charges. No charges were filed, and the case was closed.

Documents have been released showing that the suspect who killed the grandmother told the police that they said they were “going to be the next big killer” and had collected bullets, guns, guns first body armor and kept in the basement of the residence”.

Aldrich, who has been accused of being non-binary, is currently facing charges including five counts of murder as well as five counts of indecent assault causing great bodily harm. Saturday night’s murder.

Aldrich’s father sparked outrage after he said his first reaction to being informed of the mass shooting was to ask why his son was at a gay bar.

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Watch: The boy who was shot speaks out to the local media

The father of Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich says his first reaction to being notified of the attack at Club Q was to ask why his son was at an LGBTQ bar.

Aaron Brink, former porn actor and MMA fighter, said CBS 8 she received a call Sunday night from her child’s public defender to say she was arrested for the mass shooting.

“They started telling me about the incident, the shooting with a lot of people,” Mr. Brink said in an interview.

“And then I went to find out it was a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I was scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phhhewww…'”

Watch the full interview with CBS 8 below.

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Local breweries in Colorado Springs hold a one-day fundraiser for shooting victims and families

The “Brews for Q” fundraiser will pass on the day of sales for the charity project organized after the attack that left five dead and more than ten injured of LGBT+ at night

A Facebook event for the fundraiser, posted by one of the local businesses, The Public House, explains that they are “partnering with many local companies to # BrewsForQ this #SmallBusinessSaturday to raise money for victims and their families”.

“From 12-5pm on November 26, $1 from pints poured at both PH locations will be donated to victims of crime,” the statement added.

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The motive in the attack remains unclear as the investigation continues

The motive behind the Club Q attack that left five dead and at least 18 injured is still being investigated by the police.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of criminal conspiracy as part of an indecent assault.

Prosecutor Michael Allen said the suspect, who appeared in court last Wednesday via video with visible injuries to his face and neck, was “physically competent”. to judge.

His next hearing is scheduled for December 6.

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The father of the Colorado Springs suspected killer said he was told Aldrich died years ago

Aaron Brink, former porn actor and MMA fighter, said CBS 8 she received a call Sunday night from her child’s public defender to say she was arrested for the mass shooting.

During an interview with a San Diego-based media outlet, Mr Brink, 48, said his ex-wife Laura Voepel called him in 2016 to say their newborn son, Nicholas Brink, had been renamed and died. . by suicide.

“His mom told me he changed his name because I was on (a reality TV show) Disruption and I did porno acting,” said Mr Brink CBS 8.

According to Mr Brink’s account, Aldrich was “pissed off” and wanted to “poke the old man”.

He added that he taught his son to fight when he was young and “instructed him to behave violently”.

“I told him it worked. It’s immediate and you’ll get immediate results,” said Mr Brink CBS 8.

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Who were the victims of the Club Q shooting?

Here’s what we know so far about the five people killed.

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Hero veteran tells how he tackled criminals with the help of trans women

A veteran commander defends the killer who opened fire at an LGBT+ night in Colorado Springs and beat the assailant unconscious when a transgender woman stomped on him.

Richard Fierro, 45, said he was with family and friends at Club Q on Saturday night when a gunman burst in and began spraying the club with an automatic rifle.

Mr. Fierro said to those New York Times his military training kicked in and he ran towards the assassin, grabbed him from behind his body armor and dragged him to the ground.

“I just knew I had to take it,” Mr. Fierro said.

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Gay club shooting accused evaded Colorado’s red flag gun laws

A year and a half before he was arrested in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting that left five dead, Anderson Lee Aldrich alleged that his mother had bombed the house, forcing neighbors to flee from nearby buildings. around to escape when the bomb and people discuss the problem with him. in the surrender.

Yet despite this horror, there is no record that prosecutors have gone forward with the kidnapping and assault charges against Aldrich, or that the police or relatives have attempted to do so in Colorado. a “red flag” rule that would allow police to seize weapons and ammo the man’s mother said. he has with him.

Gun control advocates say Aldrich’s June 2021 threat is an example of red flag law being ignored, which has the potential to result in death. Although it is not clear whether the law can prevent the Saturday night attack – such a gun can be used for as little as 14 days and extended by a judge for months plus – they say it can slow down Aldrich and wake him up. profile with the police.

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Reports suggest the suspect wanted to ‘go out into the fire’

Anderson Lee Aldrich, the person accused of killing five people at a Colorado Springs LGBT+ club over the weekend, previously told their families that they wanted to be “the next big killer”.

In June 2021, Aldrich, who identifies as a controversial person, was arrested for threatening the grandmother, with them, with a bomb in the house, causing a police officer use the army to respond and evacuate the surrounding buildings.

Eventually, emergency responders were able to bring Aldrich in, and they were booked into the El Paso County Jail on two counts of criminal mischief and three counts of first-degree robbery, according to police. nature’s office.

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Colorado Springs shooter accused of ‘threatening mother with house bomb’ in June 2021

A person with the same name and age was arrested in June 2021 after their mother told authorities that he had threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.

Colorado prosecutors declined to confirm the connection Sunday morning, saying only that the incident in 2021 is “all part of the investigation and will be released as appropriate “.

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Father with anti-gay stance says ‘no excuses for children’

The father of the accused murderer Anderson Lee Aldrich said when he held the gay protests, there is no excuse for his child accused of killing people in the LGBT + night in Colorado Springs.

Aaron Brink, 48, said “I’m sorry to the men for your loss,” “It’s not about politics, it’s about people’s lives. I’m sorry everyone. My soul goes out to you.”

“Life is not easy, and it’s worth it,” he said. “Those people’s lives are precious.”

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