(UnitedVoice.com) – On November 19, members and supporters of the Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ community were at Club Q, enjoying a night out. Just before midnight, a man wearing body armor entered the club and opened fire. The alleged killer has now learned the charges against him, and his future’s looking bleak.
On December 6, prosecutors charged Anderson Lee Aldrich with 305 criminal counts. The charges against the 22-year-old include first-degree attempted murder, bias-motivated crimes, first-degree murder, dozens of enhancers, and a number of other charges.
ABC News reported a statement by GLAAD supporting the decision to charge him with bias-related crimes. The organization said, “hate has no place here in Colorado Springs or anywhere.”
Anderson Lee Aldrich was formally charged with 305 charges including murder, attempted murder, assault in the first degree, and hate crime charges. A presser with 4th Judicial District DA Michael Allen will begin shortly. https://t.co/K1aPVXoqKa
— justin reutter (@jayreutter1) December 6, 2022
Aldrich reportedly began shooting right away. He killed five people and injured 18 others in the massacre. The deceased victims are Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Raymond Green Vance, Ashley Paugh, and Kelly Loving. Richard M. Fierro, who spent 15 years in the Army, and others stopped the shooter. They beat him with his own weapons.
Despite his heroism that day, Fierro views himself as a man who wanted to help his family. Unfortunately, his daughter’s longtime boyfriend was one of those deceased victims.
Aldrich is facing thousands of years in prison.
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