Latest Colorado Springs shooting: suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich released from hospital

Army veteran accounts for Colorado Springs shooter

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich faces at least five counts of murder and five charges of committing a bias-motivated felony causing bodily harm.

At least five people were killed and 18 others injured when the 22-year-old suspect burst into an LGBT+ nightclub just before midnight on Saturday and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle.

The suspect was taken down by an army veteran named Richard Fierro, with the help of a trans woman who stomped on the suspect.

“It’s the reflex,” Mr. Fierro told reporters Monday night, describing how he ran across the room, grabbed the gunman’s weapon, pulled him to the floor and began beating him with his own gun.

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden called Fierro to personally thank him for “his courage and his righteous instinct to act.”

Police named the five people who died as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance, and listed their pronouns along with their names.

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Full story: Anderson Lee Aldrich from the hospital

A tweet from the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) confirmed that Mr. Aldirch had been transferred to jail under the supervision of the local sheriff’s department

While officials did not provide details of Mr Aldrich’s injuries, we know from witnesses that the gunman was violently suppressed by a group of patrons led by local army veteran Richard Fierro, 44.

Mr Fierro said he grabbed the gunman’s gun and hit him repeatedly with it, while another patron stamped on the attacker with her high heels.

Io DoddsNovember 23, 2022 01:00

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Suspect released from hospital

Suspected shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich has been reportedly released from hospital and transferred to prison.

“The CSPD has transferred custody of the Club Q suspect to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at the jail. A photo will be released as soon as it becomes available,” the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

Mr Aldrich, 22, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and hate crime and will appear in court tomorrow morning via video link.

Io Dodds23 Nov 2022 00:39

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ICYMI: Who were the victims?

A gunman burst into Club Q and opened fire just before midnight on Saturday, opening fire with an AR-15 style rifle and handgun.

The suspect – identified by police as Anderson Aldrich, 22, allegedly shot five people; two bartenders, a mother-of-one on a night out, a transgender woman and a local man celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Police initially said 25 people were injured, but that number was revised to 18 on Monday. Many suffered horrific injuries and awaited lengthy recovery.

Here’s what we know about those who died.

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 23, 2022 00:00

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Full story: Biden calls Club Q hero

Here’s our full story on President Joe Biden‘s phone call with former army veteran Richard Fierro, courtesy of my colleague Oliver O’Connell.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also noted that the attack occurred on the night of Transgender Day of Remembrance, lamenting that two more names have now been added to the list of transgender people killed in 2022.

Io DoddsNov 22, 2022 11:22 PM

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Marjorie Taylor Greene criticized for reaction to Colorado shooting

Marjorie Taylor Greene sparked controversy again this week after she chose her response to the mass shooting at a Colorado LGBT club as a means of attacking Joe Biden on unrelated issues.

The thread of two tweets from Ms Greene about the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen injured surprised few; the tweets did not address the meaning of the target, nor the wave of hatred that right-wing political figures have directed against LGBT and transgender people in particular in recent years.

John Bowden has the story.

Oliver O’ConnellNov 22, 2022 10:49 PM

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Witness Says Gunman Was Pounded By Trans Woman, Not ‘Drag Queen’

A transgender woman who helped bring down the Club Q shooter was misidentified as a transvestite in media reports, according to an actual transvestite who saw it happen.

In an interview with former Major Richard Fierro on Monday, The New York Times reported that a “drag dancer” helped him subdue the attacker by stomping on him with her high heels. Other outlets, eg The independent, picked up on this detail.

But drag performer Del Lusional, who was performing at the club the night of the shooting, said on Tuesday: “Whoever saved my life and punched the shooter in the face wasn’t a drag queen, she’s a trans woman. Let’s not name trans women drag queens in this time of mourning a transphobic attack.

“I was the only performer on the show in the building when it happened.”

She added that she believes Mr Fierro had made an honest mistake and said the woman is not yet ready to speak to the press.

The distinction is important because while the lines can be blurry at times, drag is usually thought of as a type of performance, with performers typically maintaining a separation between their drag persona and their usual selves. In contrast, most trans people view their gender as an innate and permanent part of their identity.

When The independent When we learned of Del Lusional’s tweet early this morning, we judged her version to be probably correct and immediately began changing several headlines and stories to reflect the new information.

Still, I wanted to post this now to clearly explain how the original claim came about. If you see anything on our site that still describes the woman as a transvestite, please email me at io.dodds [AT] independent.nl.

Io DoddsNovember 22, 2022 10:15 PM

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Joe Biden calls Richard Fierro to thank him

President Joe Biden has called Club Q hero Richard Fiero to personally thank him “for his courage and for his just instinct to act”.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that Biden was just on the phone with Fierro, a former army major and club patron who led the attack to subdue the assailant.

“The president spoke to Richard and his wife Jess a few moments ago. He expressed his condolences and support and discussed what it’s like to grieve,” Ms Jean-Pierre said.

Mr. Fierro was assisted by another man named Thomas James and by an unidentified trans woman who stamped on the shooter with her high heels.

Io DoddsNov 22, 2022 9:43 PM

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Suspect changed name to ‘protect himself from criminal father’

New details about suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich’s life point to a complicated family life and difficult upbringing.

According to The associated pressMr Aldrich changed his name from Nicholas Brink just before his 16th birthday to “protect himself” from a father with a criminal past.

“The minor wants to protect himself and his future from any connection to his biological father and his criminal history. Father has not had contact with the minor for years,” said a petition filed on behalf of Mr. Aldrich in San Antonio, Texas, by his grandparents – who were his legal guardians at the time.

The Washington Post also reports that Mr Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, was arrested on suspicion of arson when he was just 12 years old. She was eventually found guilty of a lesser crime.

The Post also said Mr Aldrich was targeted by bullies when he was 15, citing a website that posted “insulting allegations” and his personal details.

Io DoddsNov 22, 2022 9:10 PM

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Opinion: The Appalling Hypocrisy of Lauren Boebert’s ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

Congressman from Colorado Lauren Boebert is “morally responsible” for Saturday night’s violence, prescribes gender non-conforming journalist Skylar Baker-Jordan The independent.

Ms Boebert tweeted on Sunday morning that “the victims and their families are in my prayers”, adding: “This lawless violence must end soon.”

But in an opinion piece for Indy voiceswrites Skylar, “Boebert and her vicious, vicious, and hateful allies should have the decency to at least spare us their platitudes. This environment, as dangerous as it is for LGBTQ Americans, is one they have created. are they who reap what they have sown.

“What happened in Colorado Springs was wildly predictable precisely because of the environment that the law has created. When you lie to Americans and tell them that an entire demographic of their fellow citizens threatens their children and their freedom, demonizing them as predators and perverts, you should expect deadly consequences.

“We’ve been warning about this for two years now, telling you how scared we felt, how wrong you were, how dangerous this was… and now five innocent people are dead.”

Io DoddsNov 22, 2022 8:41 PM

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ICYMI: Defendant is grandson of GOP lawmaker who celebrated riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6

Oliver O’ConnellNovember 22, 2022 8:15 PM

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