Anderson Lee Aldrich: What we know about suspect in the Colorado Springs shooting
A suspect has been detained following the mass shooting on November 19 in Colorado Springs, which left five people dead and 18 more hurt.
At 11.57 p.m., police officers arrived on the site after 911 dispatchers got “several” calls reporting an active shooter inside the club.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was identified as the shooter by Colorado Springs Police early on Sunday.
He was admitted to the hospital with unknown wounds.
Club Q described the assault as a hate crime and claimed it was “devastated” by it.
An event featuring drag queens that started at 9 p.m. and was scheduled to end at 2 a.m. was where the shooting occurred.
Who is the Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich?
On Sunday morning, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was identified as the alleged shooter.
The culprit was apprehended on the spot and taken to the hospital with unidentified injuries.
Aldrich entered the club and started firing a long rifle, according to Colorado Springs Police Deputy Chief Adrian Vasquez, before being tackled by onlookers.
At the scene, two firearms were found.
There hasn’t yet been a motive identified.
How did the shooting unfold?
The shooting happened following “Delusions,” a punk and alternative drag performance staged by actor Del Lusional, at Club Q.
The event started at 9 o’clock, then a DJ spun tunes from 11 o’clock till 2 a.m.
Just before midnight, there was a report of gunfire, and police flocked to the area.
“I heard the gunshots while I was backstage. In a tweet, Del Lusional stated, “I only saw the after math and even then, I didn’t want to look.
The singer wrote: “I never dreamed this would happen to me and my bar,” in another post. What should I do with myself? The gunfire is unavoidable in my ears.
According to a witness who talked with Colorado Public Radio, one victim fled the scene for a neighbouring 7-Eleven where they both passed out.
One of the victims had been shot seven times when he ran over here in an effort to seek assistance. “He fell down. That warning tape is there at the front for a reason.
People within the facility allegedly assisted in stopping the shooter, according to a Facebook post on the club.
A statement on the club’s Facebook page reads, “Our [prayers] and thoughts are with all the victims and their families and friends.” We appreciate the brave patrons’ swift efforts in tackling the shooter and putting an end to this hate crime.
11 ambulances and more than 30 firefighters arrived on the site, and ambulances transferred three victims at a time to nearby hospitals.
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Police spokesperson Lt Pam Castro refused to speculate on a motive during an early morning press briefing, stating that “the inquiry is in the very early stages.”
The number of fatalities and injuries, Lt. Castro continued, “may alter as the inquiry progresses.”
The Colorado Springs Police Department’s inquiry is being helped by the FBI as well.
The killing occurred only days before Sunday’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance, when activities are held all over the world to mourn and remember transgender people who have died as a result of violence.
The shooting in Colorado Springs was certain to have a unique impact on Sunday’s activities.
According to its website, the gay and lesbian nightclub Club Q presents a Drag Diva Drag Show every Saturday.
On top of the drag show, Club Q advertised a Sunday “all ages brunch” and a “punk and alternative event” that would be followed by a birthday dance party.
The shooting brought back memories of the 49-person tragedy that occurred in 2016 at the Pulse LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.