The man suspected of entering an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an AR-style and fatally shooting five and injuring dozens of others had already been on police radar when he went on his alleged rampage.
Officials stated that Anderson Lee Aldrich (22) was removed from a house for threatening his mother with an explosive device a year and half ago.
After Aldrich’s mother reportedly called the police saying her son was threatening her with an explosive device that he made himself, he allegedly took to Facebook to livestream amid the standoff with authorities in the June 2021 incident.
Inside Edition exclusive video shows Aldrich telling his mother that the house was surrounded.
Aldrich was forced to leave the house naked after a two hour standoff.
“Police knocked on the door and told us to evacuate,”Lara Quinn, a neighbor, told Inside Edition.
Aldrich was initially charged with first-degree kidnapping and felony menacing. The bomb was not found at the house.
Because records in connection to the bomb threats arrest were sealed, the background checks that ran to buy firearms would not have found him.CNN. According to records, Aldrich is alleged to have purchased the weapons that were used in the attack against Club Q. Police recovered two firearms from the scene. One was a long rifle Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez stated in an interview with CNN that it was an AR-style weapon and one was a handgun. Vasquez stated that the long rifle was the main weapon in the attack.
The shooting occurred at 11.56 p.m. local. Police received numerous 911 calls. Officials said that officers were dispatched at 11 :57 p.m., and that an officer arrived at Club Q around midnight. Police said that the suspect was taken into custody at 12:02 a.m. Police said that the rampage was stopped by club patrons who were able to subdue him after only a few minutes.
“At least two heroic people inside the club confronted and fought with the suspect and were able to stop the suspect,” Vasquez said. “We owe them a great debt of thanks.”
Matthew Haynes, one of the club’s owners, told The New York Times one customer “took down the gunman and was assisted by another.”
“He saved dozens and dozens of lives,”Haynes spoke of the man who stopped the gunman. “Stopped the man cold. Everyone else was running away, and he ran toward him.”One of those who stopped the shooting was among the injured. However, the injury was not serious. Vasquez stated Monday that Vasquez was the only person who assisted in stopping the shooter.
Authorities say Aldrich, whose grandfather is outgoing California State Representative Randy Voepel, a MAGA-supporter who has compared the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to the American Revolutionary War, will face five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury in connection to the shooting this weekend.
Wayne Brady hosted the American Music Awards.
“On the heels of the tragedy that happened at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is and how important our community is,”Dove Cameron won the award for Best New Artist.
Seven survivors were in critical condition. A spokesperson for the police said that there was “reason to hope”All the injured will be able to recover.