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Club Q shooting suspect arrested on suspicion of hate crimes, murder; police lower number of injured victims to 18


Colorado Springs officials on Monday identified the five people killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub over the weekend and hailed the two men who stopped the gunman as heroes — but released few other details about the incident, the suspected shooter or a sealed 2021 criminal case that has drawn intense interest.

The five people killed — Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance — died after a gunman opened fire at Club Q just before midnight Saturday in an incident that’s being investigated as a hate crime.

Two of the victims, Rump and Aston, worked as bartenders at the beloved nightclub. Others were out to grab a drink or celebrate. Eighteen others were injured.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers praised Thomas James and Richard Fierro, the two men who stopped the shooter.

“He saved a lot of lives,” Suthers said of Fierro.

Colorado Springs police on Monday lowered the number of people injured in the shooting to 18. Seventeen people were shot and one person was injured in another manner, according to a news release. Police on Sunday first had said 18 people were injured, then raised that figure to 25.

The suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, is being held on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated crimes causing bodily injury, court records show. The felony counts are “arrest-only charges,” meaning prosecutors have not officially filed charges and the charges could change.

Prosecutors with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office requested that the suspect’s arrest affidavit be sealed and hidden from public view because releasing the information would jeopardize the investigation. Magistrate Amanda Philipps granted the request.

District Attorney Michael Allen said he would pursue bias-motivated crime charges in addition to murder charges if the evidence exists.

“It’s important to let the community know that we don’t tolerate bias-motivated crimes in this community,” he said.

Aldrich remained hospitalized Monday, Colorado Springs police Lt. Pam Castro said. No court date has been set for Aldrich, the court records show.

Questions about 2021 case

Officials declined to answer most questions from reporters about the shooting and the suspect at a news conference Monday, citing the ongoing investigation. They did not answer questions about any previous interactions Aldrich had with law enforcement; why investigators believe the shooting is a hate crime; where Aldrich obtained the gun he used; whether there were previous threats to Club Q; whether Aldrich has made any statements to investigators; or whether Aldrich had visited the club previously.

Allen declined to answer questions about the 2021 arrest of a man with the same name and age as Aldrich suspected of making a bomb threat. El Paso County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Anderson Lee Aldrich on suspicion of felony menacing and first-degree kidnapping on June 18, 2021, but no court records exist showing what happened to the case.

REMEMBERING CLUB Q VICTIMS

Daniel Davis Aston, 28
Kelly Loving, 40
Ashley Paugh, 35
Derrick Rump
Raymond Green Vance, 22

The DA would not say whether the man arrested in …read more

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