Court Document Colorado Springs Gunman Told Medical Staff He Was Sorry

Court Document: Colorado Springs Gunman Told Medical Staff He Was Sorry

According to a court document that was released on Wednesday, the 22-year-old suspect in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, apologized to medical personnel after being brought into custody and is accused of killing five people and injuring more than a dozen others.

On November 19, just before midnight, Anderson Lee Aldrich is suspected of opening fire at Club Q. He is facing 305 counts, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault, and offenses motivated by bias that resulted in bodily harm.

Officers “overheard Anderson tell medical staff he was sorry and he had been awake for four days” after the suspect was transferred to a hospital for treatment, according to the partially redacted affidavit. With an AR-style rifle and a handgun, Aldrich allegedly entered the club, which was well-known to the LGBTQ population in Colorado Springs, and started shooting into the audience right away.

Two customers, Richard Fierro and Thomas James, instantly tackled the suspect to the ground and disarmed and restrained Aldrich until the police came. The probable cause affidavit, which was previously sealed, describes observations made soon following the incident.

The incident, which resulted in the deaths of Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump, and Raymond Green Vance, sheds some light on the events both before and after the disaster. According to officials, at least 19 other people were hurt, the majority of them had gunshot wounds.

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According to the affidavit, which quotes a detective’s interaction with Laura Voepel after the shooting, Aldrich, who, according to his attorneys, identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, had planned to watch a movie with their mother at 10 p.m. in the hours before the shooting.

However, according to the affidavit, Aldrich left before the movie, informing Voepel they were going on an “errand” that would take 15 minutes. Laura stated that she did not see Anderson when he departed and was unsure of what he took. The affidavit states that Laura said Anderson had taken her phone and that she had not seen him since.

According to the affidavit, Voepel admitted to the investigator that she and Aldrich “had no weapons other than a folding pocket knife belonging to Anderson.” The affidavit also includes two screenshots from security footage from the night of the incident, one of whom the police believe to be Aldrich departing an SUV and the other of him firing as he entered the club. According to the court record, Aldrich is the owner of the SUV’s registration.

“It was clear that Anderson was wearing a ballistic jacket and carrying an assault weapon of the AR-15 style when he got out of the automobile. The complaint claims that after entering the establishment just a short distance, the shooter began shooting randomly at clubgoers. According to the affidavit, victims were visible inside and outside of the club when authorities first arrived on the scene.

Officers originally noted Aldrich “may have had a gunshot wound to the head” when they hurried to the bar to treat the injured. Aldrich “was taken to a nearby hospital to receive medical attention for his wounds. According to early indications, Anderson may have suffered a head injury from a gunshot. “Anderson is likely to recover from his wounds,” the document stated.

All previous requests for comment from the public defender’s office, which is representing Aldrich, have been rejected according to office policy. He has not yet entered a plea and is being held without bond. According to Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen, the first-degree murder charges against Aldrich alone carry a penalty of up to life in prison without parole if he is found guilty.

The public, this community, this state, and this country are informed when 305 counts are filed in a case, according to Allen, who spoke to the media on Tuesday. Meaning that we will pursue legal action against the defendant to the utmost degree possible. Aldrich’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 22 in court.