The suspect in the mass shooting that killed five people and injured 17 at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs has been transferred to jail from the hospital where he was held in police custody and will appear in court later today.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, a 22-year-old from Colorado, was being held on charges including five counts of first-degree murder and bias stemming from Saturday night’s murders.
Prosecutors said that after he was released from the hospital, they expected to file formal criminal charges, which could differ.
Police announced that he had been transferred from hospital and court documents showed that he would appear before a judge via video link from prison for a hearing.
Defense attorneys at the Colorado State Public Defender filed several motions on his behalf, including a request for the parties to the case to limit their public statements.
But a footnote to some documents says that Mr. Aldrich identifies as non-binary, uses these pronouns, and will be referenced in lawsuits before the Mx. honorific.
Mr Aldrich’s lawyers could not be reached after hours to discuss the substance of the police allegations. The office has a policy of not commenting to the media.
While officials have not described his injuries, the suspect was restrained by Richard Fierro, a former Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, in a successful attempt to stop further bloodshed at Club Q in Colorado’s second-largest city.
Police identified a second man who helped stop the shooting as Thomas James, who has been identified by the US Navy as one of his sailors.
Mr. James is a second class information systems technician stationed in Colorado Springs. He was injured in the shooting and was hospitalized in stable condition, the Navy said in a statement.
The suspect was arrested earlier in June 2021 after his mother reported threatening to detonate a bomb and wound her with multiple weapons, according to a press release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
At the age of 15, while living in Texas, he legally changed his name from Nicholas Franklin Brink to Anderson Lee Aldrich “to protect himself and his future from any connections to his birth father and his criminal history,” The Denver Post reported, citing court documents. The petition stated that he had not seen his father in years.
A separate Washington Post report, based on court documents, described a troubled childhood, saying his parents separated when he was a toddler, and his mother was arrested at age 12 on suspicion of arson, but later was convicted of a lesser offense.
Neither the police nor the White House have labeled the mass shooting a hate crime, but noted that the rampage took place in a polarized political climate where LGBTQ rights are under threat.
“This attack also comes amid an increase in violent rhetoric and threats against the LGBTQI-plus people across the country,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told a news conference, while also addressing the call. of President Joe Biden for a military-style ban. guns.
Mrs. Jean-Pierre also paid tribute to the departed: Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.
The City of Colorado Springs has announced it will display a 25-foot pride flag on the outside of City Hall to honor the victims.