The alleged Colorado Springs gunman who was released from the hospital will appear in court virtually on Wednesday

The suspect who authorities say killed five people and injured many others at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub on Saturday has been released from the hospital and will appear in court virtually on Wednesday.

The suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, was hospitalized by Richard Fierro, a Club Q patron hailed as a hero by police for preventing more deaths.

A police officer steps out of his car near a crime scene at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sunday, November 20, 2022, where a shooting occurred late Saturday night.
(AP Photo/Geneva Heffernan)

Another patron who intervened was Thomas James, a naval information systems technician stationed in Colorado Springs. Fierro said a third person also helped and kicked the suspect in the head.

The Colorado Springs Police Department said Tuesday it has transferred custody of the shooting suspect to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at the jail.

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Online records show he will appear in court via video from prison at 11:30 am local time on Wednesday.

Aldrich, who was known as Nicholas Brink until 2016, is charged with murder and hate crimes. Shortly before his 16th birthday, he petitioned a Texas court to change his name, saying he wanted to “protect himself” from a father with a criminal past, court documents show. A petition for the name change was filed on Brink’s behalf by his grandparents, who were his legal guardians at the time.

Club Q is seen on Sunday, November 20, hours after a gunman opened fire.
(KMGH via Reuters)

The request for a name change came months after Aldrich was apparently the target of online bullying. A June 2015 website post in which a boy named Nick Brink was assaulted suggests he may have been bullied in high school.

The motive for Saturday’s shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs is still under investigation.

Aldrich was arrested last year after his mother reported threatening her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.

Authorities at the time said no explosives were found, but gun control advocates have questioned why police didn’t use Colorado’s “red flag” laws to seize the guns his mother says he had.

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A law enforcement official said the suspect used an AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon. A handgun and additional ammunition magazines were also recovered. The official was unable to discuss the details of the investigation publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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