The perpetrator of the shooting at an LGBTI club in Colorado Springs was held without bail, as ruled by the court before which he appeared this Wednesday.
The hearing of the author of the shooting in the Q club
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, appeared in court with visible injuries to his face and head. Aldrich appeared to need help from defense attorneys and responded with difficulty when asked by El Paso County Court Judge Charlotte Ankeny to name him.
- Prosecutor Michael Allen repeatedly referred to the suspect as “he” during a press conference after the hearing and said the suspect’s gender status would not change anything in his opinion about the case.
- Allen said Aldrich was “physically competent” to bear the charges.
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- The next hearing was set for December 6. The charges against Aldrich are preliminary, and prosecutors have yet to file formal charges, but they could try him for hate crimes and murder.
- One of the suspect’s grandparents is Randy Voepel, an outgoing legislator in the California State Assembly. The suspect’s mother, Laura Voepel, identified Randy Voepel as her father on her Facebook page in a 2020 post about his tenure in the state Legislature.
The Colorado Springs Q club shooting
The suspect was beaten by patrons during the Saturday night shooting at Club Q and was released from the hospital Tuesday. The motive for the shooting is still being investigated, but authorities said Aldrich faces possible murder and hate crime charges.
Five dead, 25 injured in shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ club
- Defense attorneys said late Tuesday that the suspect is non-binary and in court filings they referred to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich.” L
- The lawyers’ footnotes state that Aldrich is non-binary and uses the pronouns they/they.
- Of the 17 people shot and wounded in the attack, 11 were still hospitalized as of late Wednesday, according to authorities.