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Video shows Colorado gay club shooting suspect being arrested at home in 2021

The suspect in Saturday’s mass shooting at a gay club in Colorado can be seen for the first time in Ring camera footage from his arrest in June 2021, when he was taken into custody after threatening to kill his mother.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was arrested at the house where his mother, Laura Voepel, rented a room in June 2021 in Colorado Springs. He called the police claiming that her son was threatening her, and was arrested on charges of kidnapping and serious threats.

The charges were later dropped and Aldrich was released. On Saturday, he is accused of opening fire at Club Q just before midnight, killing five people and wounding others.

The club’s owners say he arrived with “tremendous firepower”: an AR-15 rifle, six magazines of ammunition and a pistol.

The customers used the gun he was carrying to beat him and knock him to the ground until the police arrived. The sheriff’s department has yet to release his mugshot.

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Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was arrested at the house where his mother, Laura Voepel, rented a room in June 2021 in Colorado Springs.

Aldrich was taken into custody barefoot and wearing shorts and a shirt. The charges were later dropped and he was released, despite his mother telling officials that she feared he was dangerous.

Weeks after the incident, Aldrich’s mother, Laura, asked the women in her church group if they could recommend a “fantastic defense attorney.” It is not clear if she was referring to the case of her son, but the timing suggests that she was.

Photos believed to be of Aldrich that had surfaced on his mother’s social media account have now been taken offline.

He is still in the hospital and has not yet been charged with the attack.

His grandfather is also said to be a Republican MAGA lawmaker who praised the January 6 riots at the US Capitol last year.

Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, called 911 claiming he was threatening to kill her.

Two of the victims have been named as Derrick Rump and Daniel Aston, a 28-year-old trans man, who worked at the club as bartenders.

Leslie Bowman, who rented the room from her mother, told that Anderson did not live with her.

Instead, she lived nearby with her grandmother and her husband. Her grandfather, Randy Voepel, is a Republican assemblyman from California.

No one from the suspect’s family has commented on the allegations against him.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is now facing criticism for its handling of the 2021 case.

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Bowman, who rented the room from Aldrich’s mother, told that he lived with his grandparents.

This is Pamela Pullen and her husband Jonathan.

Aeron Laney, 24, was at the club for the first time and had just moved to Colorado Springs.

He described a small club where everyone seemed to know each other, the kind of place he knew he would fit in perfectly.

Derrick Rump (left) and Daniel Aston (right) were among the five killed Saturday night at Club Q in the apparently premeditated attack, carried out by a single man armed with an AR-15.

People hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near Club Q nightclub Sunday night after the terror shooting

A pair of mourners moved at a vigil outside Club Q in Colorado Springs last night as they remembered the victims of the tragedy.

The shooting is now being investigated as a hate crime, leaving members of the local LGBTQ community devastated.

“Everyone was having a good time and smiling and laughing,” he told AFP, tearfully looking at the flower bed growing outside the club.

“I just can’t understand someone who just walks in and sees people who are so happy and so comfortable in their community and just want to be done with it.”

Laney and her friend Justin Godwin left minutes before the gunman broke in.

‘Maybe the guy was already there. Like he was in the parking lot… just planning it?’ said Godwin, 25. He is terrifying.

US President Joe Biden condemned the attack and criticized violence against the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender women of color.

‘We must eliminate the inequities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot and must not tolerate hate,’ she said.

A worker at Club Qu, which bills itself as a “trendy gay nightclub” on its website, paid tribute to his two colleagues killed on Sunday by sharing a photo of Rump and Aston on Facebook.

The post featured a photo of the couple behind the bar at Club Q, as well as an accompanying caption mourning the loss.

“My boys are gone,” the tribute read. ‘Please (sic) take care of each other. I love you both very much.

A friend of Rump’s also posted a tribute to his late friend, who, like Aston, was a member of the local LGBTQ community.

“Two beautiful souls were taken from us last night,” the poster wrote, adding that although she didn’t know Aston well, “both [would] to be missed.’

The poster would go on to paint a picture of Rump from the accounts of those who knew him, describing him as ‘an amazing person with a big heart.’


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