Army veteran gives account of tackling Colorado Springs gunman
Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich is facing at least five counts of murder charges along with five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury.
At least five persons were killed and 18 others sustained injuries when the 22-year-old suspect stormed into an LGBT+ nightclub just before Saturday midnight and opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle.
The suspect was taken down by an army veteran with the help of a trans woman who stomped on the suspect. “It’s the reflex,” Rich Fierro told reporters on Monday evening.
He said after recognizing the shooter, he ran across the room, grabbed his weapon, and pulled him to the floor.
Mr Fierro said he then “proceeded to take his other weapon, a pistol, and just started hitting him wherever I could, but the armor was in the way.”
The police on Monday named the victims along with their pronouns. They have been identified as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.
Opinion: The terrible hypocrisy of Lauren Boebert’s ‘thoughts and prayers’
Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert is “morally responsible” for Saturday night’s violence, writes gender-non-conforming journalist Skylar Baker-Jordan for The Independent.
Ms Boebert tweeted on Sunday morning that “the victims and their families are in my prayers”, adding: “This lawless violence needs to end quickly.”
But in an opinion piece for Indy VoicesSkylar writes: “Boebert and her vicious, cruel, and hateful confederates should have the decency at least to spare us their platitudes. This environment, dangerous as it is for LGBTQ Americans, is one they created. This is them reaping what they have sown.
“What happened in Colorado Springs was infuriatingly predictable precisely because of the environment the right has created. When you lie to Americans and tell them that an entire demographic of their fellow citizens is a threat to their children and to their freedom, demonizing them as predators and perverts, you have to expect there will be deadly consequences.
“We’ve been warning about this for two years now, telling you how afraid we felt, how wrong you were, how dangerous this was… and now five innocent people are dead.”
Io Dodds22 November 2022 20:41
ICYMI: Suspect is grandson of GOP lawmaker who celebrated January 6 Capitol riot
Oliver O’Connell22 November 2022 20:15
No updates from police until next week
We have a new update from the Colorado Springs Police Department – not that it says much.
“At this time, the next expected news release will be Monday, Nov. 28; Colorado Springs Police do not expect to have updates between now and then.
“Please note that there are judicial proceedings under way outside our control. If information becomes available through court action, we will notify our community through various social media platforms and media notifications.
“If the suspect’s photograph becomes available we will release it through these same avenues.”
Io Dodds22 November 2022 20:13
Veteran gives emotional account of tackling Colorado Springs gunman
Richard Fierro, the former US Army major who tackled a gunman to the ground who had opened fire on an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and beat him unconscious, has given an emotional account of his bravery on CNN.
Speaking to John Berman on the network on Monday night, Mr Fierro described what happened when the shooter started firing in Club Q on Saturday night.
Oliver O’Connell22 November 2022 19:30
Even with Colorado’s ‘red flag’ law the gunman still had firearms — how?
The weapons wielded during the attack on Club Q – a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun – are believed to have been purchased legally.
That was despite various state laws designed to stop dangerous people from getting hold of such weapons.
Oliver O’Connell22 November 2022 18:45
Suspected shooter changed his name at 15 after bullying campaign
The Colorado Springs shooting suspect changed his name at age 15 after being subjected to a vitriolic online bullying campaign, according to reports.
Anderson Aldrich, 22, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire moments after entering the LGBT+ venue Club Q on Saturday night.
A review of birth and court records by several media outlets have shed light on Mr Aldrich’s troubled childhood, in which his mother Laura Voepel had several run-ins with authorities.
Bevan Hurley has the details.
Oliver O’Connell22 November 2022 18:00
Republican lawmaker grandfather claims he hasn’t spoken to suspect for 10 years
Randy Voepel, a California Assemblyman who spoke in support of the January 6 riots, is yet to publicly confirm his relationship to Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich.
According to Sacramento-based news site KCRAMr Voepel’s office says he is not yet ready to speak about his connection to Mr Aldrich.
Bevan Hurley has the latest.
Oliver O’Connell22 November 2022 17:15
Gunman is a registered member of the Mormon church, the spokesman confirms
Oliver O’Connell22 November 2022 16:55
Colorado governor calls on ‘evangelising’ state’s red flag laws
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in an interview on Monday that the state’s red flag laws, although they’ve been on the books since 2020, aren’t being sufficiently used.
“I think it needs to be really evangelized more and talked about more,” Gov Polis said during an interview on Colorado Matters, CPR reported. “I think that while it has been used a couple hundred times, I think that not everybody knows that it’s on the books.”
“We also have very disparate records of utilizing it from different county sheriffs … I think everybody should look at their practices and say, ‘Hey, if there’s somebody that we feel is dangerous, that there’s not enough to, you know, take them in and hold them on a criminal charge, can we at least remove access to their weapons?’ There is a way to do that under Colorado law, and I want to make sure people are aware of that and know that.”
Read the full interview here.
Johanna Chisholm22 November 2022 16:30
DA says charges brought against shooting suspect only preliminary
The suspect shooter at the Colorado Springs LGBT+ nightclub over the weekend, that left five dead and at least 19 injured, is currently being held without bond on 10 “arrest only” charges. These charges include five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury, according to online court records for Colorado’s El Paso County.
But the state’s district attorney says that those charges are only preliminary and will likely change by the time they are actually filed against 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.
“There have been reports that charges have been filed. That is not true,” said Michael Allen, Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District Attorney, at a press conference in Colorado Springs on Monday afternoon. “Any case like this, an arrest warrant will be written up that is supported by probable cause affidavit and that will be submitted to a judge for approval of the arrest of a suspect. That has occurred here in this case.”
“Any charges associated with an arrest warrant are only preliminary charges,” he added. “Very customary that final charges may be different than what’s in the arrest affidavit. Typically, there will be more charges than what is listed in the arrest affidavit. So don’t be surprised when you see a different list of charges when we finally file formal charges with the court.”
Johanna Chisholm22 November 2022 15:30