Nightclub shooting Colorado: Anderson Aldrich is nonbinary, lawyers say amid reports of dad’s porn past

Army veteran gives account of tackling Colorado Springs gunman

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich is facing at least five counts of murder along with five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury.

At least five people were killed and 18 others sustained injuries when the 22-year-old suspect stormed into an LGBT+ nightclub just before Saturday midnight 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 a trans woman who stomped on the suspect.

Police named the five people who died as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance, listing their pronouns along with their names.

Details have continued to trickle out about Aldrich. In a Tuesday court filing, public defenders claimed Aldrich is non-binary and uses “they/them” pronouns.

Reports have also indicated that Aldrich had a troubled upbringing with a father who used drugs and worked in the porn industry and a mother with multiple arrests.

Aldrich is due to make a first court appearance via video link on Wednesday.

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Livestream shows Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich threatening to blow up home in 2021

Gun control advocates say Club Q suspect’s armed confrontation with police in July 2021 should have triggered state’s “red flag” gun laws.

Bevan Hurley23 November 2022 16:35

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ICYMI: Footage shows Colorado Springs suspect surrendering to police after 2021 bomb threat incident

Footage has emerged of the suspect in a mass shooting attack on a Colorado Springs LGBT+ club surrendering to armed police officers after an unrelated bomb threat incident in 2021.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was arrested in July last year after his mother Laura Voepel called the police to report that he had threatened her with a homemade bomb, according to a statement from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Gun control advocates have questioned why the incident failed to trigger the state’s “red flag” gun laws that would have allowed authorities to seize his weapons.

Bevan Hurley23 November 2022 16:15

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ICYMI: Army veteran gives emotional account of tackling Colorado Springs gunman

Richard Fierro, the former US Army major who tackled a gunman to the ground who had opened fire on an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and beat him unconscious, has given an emotional account of his bravery to CNN.

Speaking to John Berman on the network on Monday night, Mr. Fierro described what happened when the shooter began firing in Club Q on Saturday night.

He recognized that the shooter, 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich, was wearing a flak vest which has a handle on it and ran across the room, grabbed it, and pulled him to the floor.

Another person helped Mr. Fierro bring Mr. Aldrich to the ground and he told them to push the AR-15 rifle away.

Bevan Hurley23 November 2022 15:58

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Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich is claiming to be non-binary

“They use they/them pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal fillings, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich,” Anderson Aldrich’s public defenders wrote in a court filing on Tuesday night.

Aldrich is due to make a first court appearance on Wednesday.

Bevan Hurley23 November 2022 15:20

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Right-wing commentators seize on suspect claiming to identify as non-binary

Anderson Aldrich’s public defenders said in court filings on Tuesday night that the Colorado Springs mass shooting suspect identifies as non-binary.

The court motion was greeted with skepticism that it could be deliberately misleading, as there is no evidence from prosecutors or family that Aldrich had used them/they pronouns prior to being arrested.

In fact, Aldrich’s neighbors told the Daily Beast that the suspect frequently used homophobic slurs.

Many commentators on the right have credulously accepted the court filing.

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich and his mother Laura Voepel in a photo provided to CNN

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Bevan Hurley23 November 2022 14:57

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Mass shooting in Virginia Walmart on Thanksgiving eve

Yet another community has been rocked by a mass shooting overnight, this time at a Walmart department store in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Police have identified the suspect as a disgruntled worker who allegedly shot six people before turning the gun on himself.

Bevan Hurley23 November 2022 14:40

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ICYMI: Who were the victims?

A gunman burst into Club Q and opened fire just before midnight on Saturday, opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun.

The suspect — identified by police as Anderson Aldrich, 22, allegedly shot five people; two bartenders, a mother-of-one on a night out, a transgender woman and a local man celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Police initially said 25 were wounded in the attack, but revised the figure down to 18 on Monday. Many suffered horrendous injuries and faced a lengthy recovery.

Here’s what we know about those who died:

Megan Sheets23 November 2022 14:10

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No updates from police until next week

A new update came in from the Colorado Springs Police Department on Tuesday – but it didn’t say much.

“At this time, the next expected news release will be Monday, Nov. 28; Colorado Springs Police do not expect to have updates between now and then.

“Please note that there are judicial proceedings under way outside our control. If information becomes available through court action, we will notify our community through various social media platforms and media notifications.

“If the suspect’s photograph becomes available we will release it through these same avenues.”

Megan Sheets23 November 2022 13:50

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Opinion: The terrible hypocrisy of Lauren Boebert’s ‘thoughts and prayers’

Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert is “morally responsible” for Saturday night’s violence, writes gender-non-conforming journalist Skylar Baker-Jordan for The Independent.

Ms Boebert tweeted on Sunday morning that “the victims and their families are in my prayers”, adding: “This lawless violence needs to end quickly.”

But in an opinion piece for Indy Voices, Skylar writes: “Boebert and her vicious, cruel, and hateful confederates should have the decency at least to spare us their platitudes. This environment, dangerous as it is for LGBTQ Americans, is one they created. This is them reaping what they have sown.

“What happened in Colorado Springs was infuriatingly predictable precisely because of the environment the right has created. When you lie to Americans and tell them that an entire demographic of their fellow citizens is a threat to their children and to their freedom, demonizing them as predators and perverts, you have to expect there will be deadly consequences.

“We’ve been warning about this for two years now, telling you how afraid we felt, how wrong you were, how dangerous this was… and now five innocent people are dead.”

Read Skylar Baker-Jordan’s piece in full:

Megan Sheets23 November 2022 13:30

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Aldrich had a troubled childhood, reports claim

In the wake of the shooting, several reports have emerged about Aldrich’s troubled childhood.

Aldrich’s biological parents separated when Aldrich was a toddler, and reportedly had multiple run-ins with the law.

Aldrich’s father is alleged to have used drugs and worked in the porn industry.

It has been speculated that Aldrich – who according to public defenders is nonbinary – changed their name from Nicholas Brink to what it is now at age 15 to gain distance from their father.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on the name change:

Megan Sheets23 November 2022 13:10

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