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Alleged Club Q shooter faces 12 new charges in addition to the original 305 charges

Anderson Lee Aldrich
Anderson Lee Aldrich Photo: Colorado Springs Police

New charges have been filed against Anderson Lee Aldrich, the alleged Club Q shooter who has been accused of killing five people at the Colorado Springs, Colorado LGBTQ bar on November 19.

On Monday, prosecutors filed a motion for 12 new charges against Aldrich as the investigation into what happened that night has unearthed more details.

Court documents show that the new charges include attempted assault, attempted murder, serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon, and bias-motivated crime.

In December, Aldrich was formally charged with 305 counts, including hate crimes and murder, after they opened fire in Club Q, killing five and injuring 18 others.

Aldrich’s rampage was stopped by two patrons.

Richard Fierro grabbed them from behind and pulled them down. Fierro started beating Aldrich with their own gun and Thomas James, another patron of Club Q, kicked Aldrich in the face over and over.

“That was hard to do, it’s not a human act,” Fierro said. “But I asked [James] to help me, and he helped me.”

While Aldrich has not yet publicly stated a motive in the crime, their neighbor said that they regularly used anti-gay slurs, their grandfather is a MAGA Republican lawmaker who supported the January 6 insurrection, and Aldrich’s father expressed anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment when he learned that Aldrich allegedly killed five people.

In court filings immediately after the shooting, Aldrich’s lawyer referred to them with he/him pronouns. But by the Tuesday after the shooting, the lawyer said that Aldrich is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns and wants to be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.

“We’re not going to tolerate actions against community members based on sexual identity,” said District Attorney Michael Allen in December when he presented the initial charges. “Members of that community have been harassed, intimidated, and abused for too long.”

He said that the number of charges shows how seriously the DA’s office is taking the case.

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