Gay bar shooter faces hate crime charges

Denver, United States.- The man accused of killing five people and injuring others at a Colorado Springs gay bar has been charged with murder and hate crimes, according to court records obtained Monday.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was charged with five counts of murder and five counts of hate crimes causing bodily harm, records show.

A police source said that in the attack on Saturday, the subject used an AR-15 type semi-automatic weapon but that a pistol and additional ammunition were also recovered at the scene. The source asked not to be identified as she was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject.

It is not known at this time if Aldrich has an attorney who can comment on his legal situation.

The targeted site, Club Q, posted a message on its Facebook page thanking “the quick reaction of heroic customers who subdued the attacker and put an end to this hate attack.”

Questions have been raised about why authorities did not try to take Aldrich’s weapons in 2021, when he was arrested after his mother reported that he had threatened her with a pipe bomb and other weapons.

While authorities did not find any explosives at the time, gun control activists are now asking why police failed to enforce Colorado law that could have taken weapons his mother claimed he had.

There is also no record that the prosecution even attempted to charge Aldrich with kidnapping and making threats.

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