Army veteran gives account of dealing with Colorado Springs gunman
Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich faces at least five counts of murder along with five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily harm.
At least five people were killed and 18 others injured when the 22-year-old suspect burst into an LGBT+ nightclub just before midnight Saturday and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle.
The suspect was brought down by an army veteran with the help of a trans woman who stomped on the suspect. “It’s the reflex,” Rich Fierro told reporters Monday night.
He said after identifying the shooter, he ran across the room, grabbed his weapon, and pulled him to the floor.
Mr Fierro said he “proceeded to get his other weapon, a pistol, and he just started hitting wherever I could, but the armor was in the way.”
Police on Monday named the victims along with their pronouns. They were identified as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.
Opinion: The appalling hypocrisy of Lauren Boebert’s ‘thoughts and prayers’
Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert “morally responsible” for Saturday night’s violence, gender non-conforming journalist Skylar Baker-Jordan wrote for The Independent.
Ms Boebert tweeted on Sunday morning that “the victims and their families are in my prayers”, adding: “This lawless violence must end quickly.”
But in a piece of opinion for Indy VoicesSkylar wrote: “Boebert and his mean-spirited, cruel, hateful colleagues should at least have the decency to save us from their shenanigans. This environment, which is dangerous for LGBTQ Americans, is they created.planted.
“What happened in Colorado Springs is sickeningly predictable precisely because of the environment created by the right. When you lie to the American people and tell them that an entire demographic of their fellow citizens is a threat to their children and their freedom, demonizing them as predators and perverts, you must expect deadly consequences.
“We’ve been warning about this for two years, telling you how scared we are, how wrong you are, how dangerous it is… and now five innocent people are dead.”
Io DoddsNovember 22, 2022 20:41
ICYMI: The suspect is the grandson of the GOP lawmaker who celebrated the chaos at the Capitol on January 6
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 20:15
No update from the police until next week
We have a new update from Colorado Springs Police Department – not that it’s saying much.
“At this time, the next expected news release is Monday, Nov. 28; Colorado Springs Police don’t expect any updates between now and then.
“Please note that there are judicial proceedings being conducted outside of our control. If information becomes available through court action, we will notify our community through various social media platforms and media notices.
“If a picture of the suspect is available, we will release it in both ways.”
Io DoddsNovember 22, 2022 20:13
Veteran gives emotional account of facing Colorado Springs gunman
Richard Fierro, the former US Army major who tackled a gunman to the ground who opened fire at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and beat him unconscious, gave an emotional account of his bravery to CNN.
Speaking to the network’s John Berman on Monday night, Mr Fierro described what happened when the gunman opened fire at Club Q on Saturday night.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 19:30
Even with Colorado’s ‘red flag’ law the shooter still has guns — how?
The weapons used in the Club Q attack – a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun – are believed to have been legally purchased.
That’s despite various state laws designed to prevent dangerous people from possessing such weapons.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 18:45
The suspected shooter changed his name at age 15 after a campaign of bullying
The Colorado Springs shooting suspect changed his name at age 15 after being subjected to a vitriolic online bullying campaign, according to reports.
Anderson Aldrich, 22, was arrested Monday on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire shortly after entering LGBT+ venue Club Q on Saturday night.
A review of birth and court records by several media outlets shed light on Mr Aldrich’s troubled childhood, during which his mother Laura Voepel had several run-ins with the authorities.
Bevan Hurley has the details.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 18:00
Republican lawmaker’s grandfather says he hasn’t spoken to suspect in 10 years
Randy Voepel, a California Assemblyman who spoke in support of the riots on January 6, has yet to publicly confirm his relationship with Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich.
According to the Sacramento-based news site KCRAMr Voepel’s office said he was not ready to talk about his connection to Mr Aldrich.
Bevan Hurley has the latest.
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 17:15
The gunman was a registered member of the Mormon church, the spokesman confirmed
Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 16:55
Colorado governor calls state’s red flag laws ‘evangelism’
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in an interview Monday that the state’s red flag laws, even though they’ve been on the books since 2020, aren’t being used enough.
“I think it needs to be really evangelized more and talked about more,” Gov Polis said in an interview with Colorado Matters, CPR reported. “I think, while it’s been used a few hundred times, I don’t think everybody knows it’s in the books.”
“We also have different records of its use from different county sheriffs … I think everybody should look at their practices and say, ‘Hey, if there’s somebody we think is dangerous, that’s not enough, you know, take them in and hold them on criminal charges, can we take away access to their weapons?’ There’s a way to do that under Colorado law, and I want to make sure people know that and know that.”
Read the full interview here.
Johanna ChisholmNovember 22, 2022 16:30
The DA said the charges filed against the suspect in the shooting are only preliminary
The suspect who opened fire at a Colorado Springs LGBT+ nightclub over the weekend, leaving five dead and at least 19 injured, is currently being held without bond on 10 “arrest only” charges. Those charges include five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily harm, according to online court records for Colorado’s El Paso County.
But the state district attorney said those charges are preliminary and likely to change by the time they are actually filed against 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.
“There are reports that a case has been filed. That’s not true,” said Michael Allen, the Fourth Judicial District Attorney of Colorado, at a press conference in Colorado Springs on Monday afternoon. “Any case like this, an arrest warrant will be written supported by a probable cause affidavit and that will be submitted to the judge for approving the arrest of a suspect. That’s what happened here in this case.”
“Any charges related to an arrest warrant are preliminary charges only,” he added. “It is very customary that the final charges may be different than what is in the arrest affidavit. Usually, there will be more charges than listed on the arrest affidavit. So don’t be surprised when you see a different list of charges when we finally file formal charges in court.”
Johanna ChisholmNovember 22, 2022 15:30