The first mugshot of Club Q shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich has been released by the Colorado Spring Police Department. The 22-year-old suspect, who killed five people and injured many others after bursting into the LGBTQIA+ nightclub and opening fire with an AR-style rifle, can be seen with a bruised and beaten face in the photos.
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- Clubgoers tackled and beat Aldrich to subdue them. After Aldrich, who their lawyers say identifies as nonbinary, opened fire, other clubgoers managed to get the weapon from them and keep them there until police arrived. The damage inflicted on Anderson Lee Aldrich can be seen clearly in their mugshot.
- Aldrich was beaten until they were unconscious. Former U.S. Army major Richard Fierro was present at Club Q and was one of the people who helped take Aldrich down. He told CNN (via Unilad) that he and other patrons beat Aldrich until he lost consciousness in the wake of the attack. Fierro also claimed Aldrich was dressed in a bulletproof vest with a handle that Fierro used to pull the shooter down. “I then proceeded to take his other weapon, a pistol, and just started hitting him wherever I could, but the armor was in the way,” Fierro said.
- Aldrich had to be taken to hospital for their injuries. They have remained there since the shooting on November 19, and were only released on Tuesday, November 22. The following day, they appeared in court for the first time. Police released Anderson Lee Aldrich’s first mugshot the same day. They’re being charged with murder and bias-motivated crime. However, additional charges may follow as the investigation continues.
- The victims are the most important people in this. The five people who lost their lives are 38-year-old bartender Derrick Rump, 28-year-old bar supervisor Daniel Aston, 35-year-old foster worker Ashley Paugh, 40-year-old trans woman Kelly Loving, and 22-year-old FedEx worker Raymond Green Vance.