Victims of deadly mass shooting at Colorado gay club identified; Suspect faces murder and hate crime charges

Authorities identify victims of Monday’s fatal shooting at LGBTQ nightclub Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the weekend. youth is suspected of murder five people 17 others are facing charges of wounding and murder and hate crimes, according to online court records obtained Monday.

The five people killed were identified as Kelly Loving, Daniel Ashton, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez on Monday identified the two “heroes” who captured the suspect as Richard Fierro and Thomas James.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faces five counts of murder and five counts of committing a crime motivated by bias causing bodily injury, records show. The charges were preliminary, and prosecutors had not filed them in court. Hate crime charges would require proving that the gunman was motivated by prejudice, such as against the victims’ actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, and authorities have not yet ruled out a suspected motive for the attack.

Court documents detailing the reason for the suspect’s arrest have been sealed at the request of prosecutors, who said releasing the details could jeopardize the investigation. Information about the suspect’s attorney was not immediately available. Suspect in police custody was in hospital Told,

Club Q on its Facebook page thanked the “quick responses of brave customers who subdued the gunman and brought an end to this despicable attack.”

On Monday afternoon, the police clarified how many people were injured in the firing. According to colorado springs police17 victims were injured and one victim suffered an injury that was not a gunshot wound.

Officials had said that the condition of at least seven was critical. Mayor John Suthers told The Associated Press that all those hospitalized had “reason to be hopeful.”

“We know there were a number of other community members present at Club Q during the shooting who may have suffered uninjured lives,” police Told on twitter “An example is a community member who fled during a shooting.”

Speaking to “CBS Morning” early Monday, Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez Told He was sad about the shooting.

“It’s sad, and it seems like an evil person has come into this community and done something terrible,” Vasquez said.

Questions were already being raised about why authorities did not try to take the suspect’s guns away from him in 2021, when he was arrested after his mother reported that he had given her homemade bombs and other weapons. Threatened with weapons.

Although officials at the time said no explosives were found, gun control advocates are asking why police did not try to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law, which allows officers to confiscate the weapons his mother had. Got permission. No public records show prosecutors ever went forward with felony kidnapping and racketeering charges against the suspect.

The shooting evoked memories of the 2016 massacre at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead. Colorado has experienced several mass killings, including at Columbine High School in 1999, a movie theater in suburban Denver in 2012, and a Boulder supermarket last year.

It was the sixth mass killing this month and the first in a year after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, rocked the nation, killing 21 people.

Wreaths are laid in memory of the victims following the mass shooting at Club Q nightclub on November 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Wreaths are laid in memory of the victims following the mass shooting at Club Q nightclub on November 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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