This appears to be a targeted attack. Anderson Lee Aldrich, the young American accused of being the author of the shooting that left 5 dead and 25 injured at a Colorado Springs gay club this weekend faces potential murder and hate crime charges, according to the El Paso County Court Record. His formal indictment should be announced later and the charges could still be moved, the prosecutor said.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, arrived at the club Q, an LGBTQ bar of this very conservative city an hour south of Denver where a “drag show” was taking place a little before midnight on Saturday. Armed with a pistol and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, he immediately opened fire before being overpowered by customers.
The authorities confirmed during a press conference on Monday evening the identity of these two saviors, described as “heroes”: Richard Fierro and Thomas James. “I have never met someone who has shown so much heroism and who remains so humble,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said of Richard Fierro.
This 45-year-old former soldier told the New York Times having grabbed the shooter from behind as he headed for the terrace, where customers had taken refuge. Once the shooter was on the ground, Richard Fierro jumped on him. “I took his gun in his hand and started hitting him in the head, over and over again.” “I don’t know exactly what I did, I just went into fight mode,” he said. “I just knew I had to kill this guy before he killed us.”
Threats to his mother with a pipe bomb
Anderson Lee Aldrich was known to authorities. In June 2021, he threatened his mother with an improvised explosive device and was arrested after taking refuge. For some reason authorities have not clarified, the charges were eventually dropped. According to Gazette from Colorado Springshis paternal grandfather is a former ultra-conservative California local elected official, Randy Voepel, who had defended the assault on the Capitol as an act of resistance against “tyranny”.
A family member speaking on condition of anonymity told 20 minutes that Aldrich was living with his grandparents, who had refused to testify against him. In a post on a Mormon Church women’s Facebook group, his mother asked for contact information for “a post-traumatic stress therapist” for her son.