After being accused of killing five people and injured more than a dozen others, the 22-year-old suspect in one case batch shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, apologized to medical staff after being taken into custody, according to an unsealed court document Wednesday.
Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly opened fire at Club Q just before midnight on November 19 and was charge with 305 counts, including first-degree murder, first-degree murder, assault and biased crime causing bodily harm.
After the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment, officers “overheard Anderson telling paramedics that he was sorry and that he had been sober for four days,” according to the report. affidavit has been partially edited.
Aldrich allegedly entered the famous club with LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs, with an AR-style weapon and a shotgun and immediately began shooting into the crowd.
The suspect was quickly pushed to the ground two patronsRichard Fierro and Thomas James, who disarmed and subdued Aldrich until the police arrived.
The previously sealed affidavit detailing probable cause was recorded shortly after the shooting.
It provides some insight into moments both before and after the tragedy, which life statement by Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump and Raymond Green Vance. Police said at least 19 other people were injured, most of them gunshot wounds.
In the hours before the shooting, Aldrich – who the lawyer said identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns surname/lastname – planned to watch a 10 p.m. movie with his mother. they, Laura Voepel, according to the affidavit, cite a conversation a detective had with Voepel after the shooting.
But Aldrich left before the movie, telling Voepel they were running an “errand” that would take 15 minutes, the affidavit affidavit.
“Laura said she didn’t see Anderson when he left and didn’t know if he had anything with him. Laura said Anderson took her phone with her and she hasn’t seen him since,” according to the affidavit.
Voepel told detectives that she and Aldrich “had no weapons other than an Anderson folding pocket knife,” according to the affidavit.
The affidavit also contains two screenshots of surveillance video from the night of the shooting, one showing a person police believe Aldrich was getting out of an SUV and another of the person opening fire as he fired. enter the club. According to court documents, the SUV was registered to Aldrich.
“When Anderson stepped out of the driver’s door of the vehicle, it was clear that he was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an AR-15-style assault rifle. He entered the business and, shortly after entering the premises, opened fire indiscriminately at patrons inside the club,” the affidavit stated.
When officers began arriving on the scene, they saw the victims both inside and outside the club, according to the affidavit.
As police and emergency services rushed to the club to treat the injured, officers initially misspelled Aldrich as “possibly having suffered a gunshot wound to the head.”
Aldrich “was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Initial reports indicated that Anderson may have suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Anderson is believed to have survived his injuries,” the affidavit said.
The public attorney’s office, which represents Aldrich, has previously declined all requests for comment, citing office policy. He is being held without bond and has yet to plead guilty.
If Aldrich is convicted, the first-degree murder charge alone could result in a life sentence without parole, Colorado 4th District Attorney Michael Allen said at a news conference earlier this week.
“When you file 305 counts in a case, it tells the public, this community, this state and this nation that we’re taking this case as seriously as we can,” Allen told reporters. member on Tuesday. “That means we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”
Aldrich will next appear in court on February 22 for a preliminary hearing.