Murder, hate crime charges filed against Colorado shooter

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The suspect is accused of shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub killing five people and injuring 25

The New York Times

Monday, November 21, 2022 | 2:00 p.m.

Colorado.- Investigators filed murder and hate crime charges Monday against the suspect accused of shooting up an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, killing five people. At least 25 were injured before the gunman was subdued by patrons, according to authorities and the club’s owners.

Here are the details:

  • Colorado court records show 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich was charged with five counts of murder and five counts of hate crimes causing bodily injury. A Colorado judge granted prosecutors’ request to seal court records related to Aldrich’s arrest until the conclusion of the investigation.
  • Patrons of the establishment, Club Q, described a scene of chaos when the gunman opened fire. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said someone had moved quickly to grab the man’s gun and hit him with it, subduing him. Two patrons then restrained the gunman until police arrived, according to the club’s owners, who viewed security video.
  • Members of the LGBTQ community around Colorado Springs said Club Q had felt like a haven in a conservative city long known for anti-gay activism. “This club was a refuge for our community,” said Bird Berg, 31, who attended a vigil with his wife. “I am completely devastated.”
  • Authorities have yet to officially identify the five people who were killed, though relatives have begun sharing tributes to their loved ones.
  • The city’s police chief, Adrián Vásquez, said investigators were working to determine who owned the rifle the gunman used, as well as the pistol he was carrying.

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