Army veteran gives account of dealing with Colorado Springs gunman
Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich wants to be the “next mass killer” and go out “in a blaze”, according to past arrest records.
Aldrich, who is suspected to identify as nonbinary, is now facing initial charges including five counts of murder along with five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury following a mass shooting inside the LGBT+ nightclub Club Q. The suspect will remain jailed without bond.
A booking photo revealed multiple bruises and obvious cuts on the suspect’s face and neck.
A year before the murder, Aldrich was arrested for making an alleged bomb threat. No charges were filed, and the case was sealed.
Footage has emerged showing the accused shooter’s grandmother told police they said they “were going to be the next mass murderers and had collected ammunition, firearms, bullet-proof body armor and stored them in the basement of their residence”.
A video that reportedly showed the suspect and his mother during an airport confrontation in July allegedly involved the use of racist slurs against passengers, among several details that emerged about the suspect and his family’s relationship after the attack.
Who is Aaron Brink?
An interview with the father of the suspect accused of killing five people inside an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs has received significant international attention, after Aaron Brink appeared to express relief that his son is not gay and apologized to the victim’s family.
Mr Brink said Anderson Lee Aldrich was born in San Diego in 2000 at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women.
Aldrich changed their name after his father’s controversial appearance on a reality TV program intervention as well as Mr. Brink’s acting career in several adult films.
Mr. Brink said he now works as a mixed martial arts coach; he said he taught his children to fight.
He also said that he was a Mormon; a spokesperson for the Church of Latter Day Saints recently confirmed that Aldrich was also on the membership rolls.
The father of the Colorado Springs shooting suspect speaks out
Mr. Brink said he believed his son was dead until he received an unexpected phone call six months ago; they answered over the phone, he said.
“I thought he was dead,” Mr Brink said. “I mourn his loss. I had a meltdown and thought I had lost my son… His mother told me she changed his name because I was in intervention and I used to be a porn actor.
An affidavit filed in Texas a few days before Aldrich turned 16 indicated that they wanted to change their names and “protect themselves + their future from their birth father + his criminal history. The father has had no contact with the child for several years.
Alex Woodward24 November 2022 22:00
Aldrich is listed as a man in booking records and a text today from the mother refers to the suspect as ‘he’
The defense attorney for Club Q mass shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich left footnotes in legal filings this week explaining why Aldish was named “Mx. Aldrich” in the documents.
The footnotes from the public defender indicate that Aldrich admits that the suspect is “non-binary” and uses “they / they are pronouns”.
Aldrich’s booking records list as a man. Text messages from the day of the shooting also show that Aldrich’s mother called her son as he and her.
At a news conference outside the courthouse Wednesday, District Attorney Michael Allen said the suspect’s gender identity will not affect the case or affect whether he seeks hate crime charges.
“I’m looking for evidence,” he said. “That’s what we looked at when we made the filing decision.”
Kristen Prata Browde, co-chair of the National Trans Bar Association, said The New York Times that the suspect’s gender identity is irrelevant to whether prosecutors can seek such charges in this case.
“The motive for the crime does not depend on whether or not you are a member of a protected class,” he said. “It’s legally meaningless, as far as whether the actions of these individuals fit within the law on hate crimes.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 9:30 p.m
‘We didn’t do gay’: Father of Colorado Springs attack suspect gives shocking statement in reaction to mass shooting
The father of the Club Q mass shooting suspect said that his first reaction to being informed about the attack was to ask why his son was inside a gay bar.
Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, said he received a phone call Sunday night from his son’s public defender saying Aldrich was under arrest for the mass shooting.
“They started telling me about the incident, the shooting involving several people,” Mr Brink said in an interview.
“Then I went on to find out it was a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I was scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he wasn’t gay, so I said, ‘Phew.’ “
Alex Woodward24 November 2022 21:00
House lawmakers are calling on the Justice Department to investigate threats to children’s hospitals targeted for gender-affirming treatment.
Congressmen Dwight Evans, Ayanna Pressley and Eleanor Holmes Norton released a letter with about 40 members of the House of Representatives calling on the US Department of Justice to investigate “the wave of threats of violence directed at several children’s hospitals” because of the treatment of transgender and non-binary patients. .
Lawmakers called on the agency to counter the threat and provide guidance on how to protect hospital staff and patients.
A letter from 36 lawmakers was released after the mass shooting in Colorado Springs, with LGBT+ advocates pointing to an increase in threats of violence and harassment directed at LGBT+ people in the months leading up to the attack.
It also comes as several children’s hospitals have responded to hoax bomb threats and harassment after being repeatedly targeted by right-wing influencers on social media.
“From the brutal nightclub shooting in Colorado Springs this weekend to the recent bomb threat against Boston Children last week, anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ+ violence is on the rise and must be taken seriously,” said Congresswoman Pressley in a statement.
“That’s why we’re calling on the DOJ to take immediate action to help keep healthcare providers, patients and community members safe,” he added.
Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 8:30 p.m
The Colorado Springs shooter’s non-binary claims won’t stop hate crime charges, legal experts say
The lawyer for Aldrich noted in a footnote in this week’s court filing in Aldrich using they / them pronouns and defining as nonbinary, which critics have accused of cynical legal maneuvers to avoid hate crime charges, or as a last-minute defense; Aldrich’s family members and former friends do not use that gender pronoun.
Although the defense did not say anything about the use of the suspect’s gender identity, legal experts said the inclusion of pronouns in Tuesday’s court filing was a “strategic move aimed at building sympathy to avoid the possibility of attracting additional charges”.
The suspect’s gender identity is “irrelevant,” said Neama Rahmani, president of the West Coast Trial Lawyers and a former federal prosecutor.
Alex Woodward24 November 2022 20:00
Q Club survivor speaks for first time since attack: Suspect hurt ‘so many pure, true hearts that I don’t know if they’re the same’
During a press conference at Centura Penrose Cancer Center, Anthony, who survived several gunshot wounds during the mass shooting at Club Q, had a message for the suspect accused of killing five people and wounding 17 others.
“I probably would have said, ‘Why don’t you meet with somebody and get your heart right before you judge,'” Anthony told reporters this week. “Because he really harmed a lot of pure hearts, it’s true that I don’t know if they are the same.”
“I was able to hear first and everyone was in front of the door. And after that, I don’t know what happened,” Anthony said. “I don’t know anything because I’m just hiding.”
He was shot in several different areas and hi by shrapnel in the rear end and arm.
Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 7:30 p.m
The suspect and his mother allegedly used racist slurs against airline passengers during the July flight
Cellphone video from an airline passenger obtained by local news outlet Fox 31 allegedly shows mass shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich and Aldrich’s mother Laura Voepel during an airport confrontation on July 31.
The couple allegedly used racist slurs at a Hispanic family and a Black man during the flight.
The video follows media reports that have pieced together details about the suspect and the family’s relationship in the weeks and months leading up to the attack.
Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 7:00 p.m
Lauren Boebert claims ‘the left’ blamed her for the Club Q shooting because she won re-election
After the Club Q mass shooting, critics have accused Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert of amplifying anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric, invoking similar language that has been blamed for the attack.
He said the criticism comes from “the left” who are upset that he won re-election, “so they are trying to find something to chase after me.”
“I have been accused of just about every mass shooting there has been,” he told OAN’s The real America hosted by Dan Ball. “We are all sick of this.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 6:45 p.m
Biden called the owners of the Q Club to offer their condolences after the attack
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden called the owners of Club Q, Nic Grzecka and Matthew Haynes, “to express their condolences” after the mass shooting inside the LGBT+ nightclub, according to the White House.
“They reiterated their support for the community as well as their commitment to fight back against hate and gun violence,” according to a readout of the call. “They also thank Nic and Matthew for the tremendous contributions they have made and will continue to make to Colorado Springs.”
Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 6:30 p.m
Biden rails against ‘sick’ semi-automatic weapons and unenforced red flag laws on Thanksgiving in Nantucket
President Joe Biden has denounced the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons and the fact that some areas of the country do not implement the so-called “red flag law” intended to prevent people who expose themselves and others.
The IndependentEric Garcia reports:
Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 6:15 p.m