Colorado Springs Shooting Updates: Anderson Lee Aldrich and Laura Voepel Captured on Video in Airport Classroom

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Colorado Springs suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich wanted to be the “next mass murderer” and leave “in a blaze,” according to past arrest records.

Aldrich, who reportedly identifies as non-binary, now faces preliminary charges, including five counts of murder and five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime that caused bodily harm following a mass shooting at the Club Q LGBT+ nightclub. suspect remains in custody without bail.

Booking photos reveal several bruises and other visible wounds on the suspect’s face and neck.

A year before the massacre, Aldrich was arrested for voicing an alleged bomb threat. No charges were filed and the case was sealed.

Documents have surfaced showing the grandmother of the accused gunman told police they said they were “going to be the next mass murderer and collected and stored ammunition, firearms and bulletproof body armor in the basement of the residence”.

A video reportedly showing the suspect and their mother during a confrontation at an airport in July reportedly followed their use of racial slurs against passengers, alongside several new details about the suspect and their family relationships in the aftermath of the attack.

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Club Q survivor speaks out for first time since attack: suspect has ‘hurt many pure, true hearts that I don’t know if they will be the same’

At a press conference at Centura Penrose Cancer Center, Anthony, who survived several gunshot wounds in the Club Q mass shooting, had a message for the suspect accused of killing five people and wounding 17 others.

“I’d probably say, ‘Why don’t you meet someone and get to know their true heart before you pass judgement,'” Anthony told reporters this week. “Because he really hurt a lot of pure true hearts that I don’t know if they will be the same.”

“I almost heard it first, along with everyone else who was at the door. And then I don’t know what happened,” Anthony said. “I don’t know anything because I just hid.”

He was shot in several areas and was hit by shrapnel in his rear and arm.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 7:30 PM

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The suspect and mother are said to have used racist insults against airline passengers during the flight in July

An airline passenger cell phone video obtained by local news outlet Fox 31 allegedly shows Anderson Aldrich and Aldrich’s mother Laura Voepel mass shooting during a confrontation at the airport on July 31.

The couple allegedly used racial slurs against a Hispanic family and a black man during a flight.

The video follows media reports strung together details about the suspect and family relationships in the weeks and months leading up to the attack.

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Lauren Boebert claims ‘left’ blames her for Club Q shooting because she won re-election

Following the Club Q mass shooting, critics have accused Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of amplifying anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric, citing similar language blamed for the attack.

She claims the criticism comes from “the left,” who are angry that she won her re-election, “so they’re trying to find something to go after me.”

“I’ve been accused of just about every mass shooting out there,” she told OANs Real America host Dan Ball. “We’re all tired of this.”

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 6:45 PM

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Biden calls on Club Q owners to offer condolences after the attack

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden called Club Q owners Nic Grzecka and Matthew Haynes “to express their condolences” after the mass shooting at the LGBT+ nightclub, the White House said.

“They reiterated their support for the community and their commitment to fighting back against hate and gun violence,” read a reading of the appeal. “They also thanked Nic and Matthew for the incredible contributions they have made and will continue to make to Colorado Springs.”

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 6:30 PM

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Biden protests ‘sick’ semi-automatic weapons and unenforced red flag laws on Thanksgiving in Nantucket

President Joe Biden has denounced the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons and the failure of some parts of the country to enforce so-called “red flag laws” designed to prevent people from posing a danger to themselves and others .

The independent‘s Eric Garcia reports:

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Ex-Trump attorney says Colorado Springs victims are ‘reaping the consequences of eternal damnation’

Right-wing media personalities and far-right figures have doubled down on their anti-LGBT+ rhetoric in the wake of a mass shooting at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs that killed five and injured at least 18 others.

Jenna Ellis, a former attorney for Donald Trump, denounced what she characterized as “the leftist narrative” about the shooting that blames Christians who “hate homosexuals and trans people” and “somehow that ‘hate’ led to the shooting.”

But on the same Tuesday airing of her The Jenna Ellis Show, she claims that the five people who died at Club Q “have provided no evidence at all that they were Christians” and that they are “now reaping the consequences of eternal damnation.”

Her comments added to a chorus of right-wing media commentary and far-right influencers who have bolstered inflammatory anti-gay and anti-trans rhetoric even after the mass shooting, following a spate of politicized harassment targeting LGBT+ people in the weeks and months that preceded it.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 5:45 PM

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Colorado Springs councilman is proposing that mayors propose a ban on assault weapons

Colorado Springs Alderman Bill Murray challenged two other council members to talk about introducing a citywide assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass shooting that killed five people and injured 18 others at an LGBT+ nightclub on Saturday night.

“It might be a good thing for the two mayoral candidates here to actually talk about banning assault weapons in the city,” said Murray, targeting Tom Strand and Wayne Williams — of the seven candidates running for mayor in the upcoming race.

His comments followed a City Council hearing in which residents and community leaders “expressed anger, frustration, gratitude and pleas for action” in the aftermath of the attack, according to Colorado Public Radio.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 5:15 PM

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Biden calls AR-style gun purchases ‘sick’ with no ‘social redemptive value’

Speaking to reporters in Nantucket, where President Biden celebrates Thanksgiving with his family, the president said, “The idea that we’re still allowing semi-automatic guns to be bought is sick.”

“Just sick,” he added. “It has no social redemptive value. Zero. No. There’s no reason for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.

When asked if his administration could pass additional gun reform measures within the next two years, with a narrow majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives and Democrats in the Senate, the president said he is “going to try.”

“I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons,” he added. “I’m always going to do it — I have to make that assessment when I come in and start counting votes.”

In the past week, following shootings in Colorado and Virginia, the president has twice called on Congress to renew a federal ban on assault weapons targeting weapons such as AR-style rifles used repeatedly in mass shootings. The ban expired in 2004.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 4:45 PM

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ICYMI: Old arrest records suggest Colorado Springs suspect ‘wanted to go out in a blaze’

Anderson Lee Aldrich previously told family members that they wanted to be the “next mass murderer,” Colorado-based KKTV reports.

In June 2021, Aldrich — whose lawyers in a new lawsuit indicated that the suspect in the Club Q mass shooting identifies as non-binary — was arrested for threatening the grandmother they lived with with a homemade bomb, which a heavily armed tactical police team was deployed. respond and evacuate surrounding homes.

Ultimately, crisis negotiators were able to intervene,

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 4:30 PM

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Mass shootings follow wave of anti-gay attacks in US

A recent report from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) found 124 incidents of anti-LGBT+ protests and threats in 47 targeting drag events so far this year.

Most of those incidents occurred during Pride events in June and in September, October and November.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, criticized right-wing media for its continued demonization of LGBT+ people in right-wing media.

“Nobody’s holding them accountable for all the misinformation they’re spreading, but then we have to prove we’re not what they say we are,” she told NBC News.

A separate report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino found that reports of hate crimes against LGBT+ people in major cities will increase by 51 percent by 2021.

Alex WoodwardNovember 24, 2022 3:45 PM

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