The accused suspect in the Club Q Mass shootings were hit with a staggering 305 charges after allegedly killing five people and injuring 25 others, and the Colorado Springs gay club last month, according to the New York Post.
On Tuesday morning, Anderson Lee Aldrich appeared in court for the first time since his arrest, where her mug shot showed a bruised face after heroic bar-goers stepped in to subdue him, as previously reported by The shadow room.
Anderson Lee Aldrich was charged with 305 counts on Tuesday’s first court appearance
Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, sat next to her public defender as prosecutors presented their case.
They were charged with five counts of first-degree murder, along with hundreds of first- and second-degree assaults and “many counts of prejudice-motivated crimes.”
Michael I Travis (L) and Dr. Michael R. Travis (R) place a flag at a memorial for the victims of a mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Jason Connolly/AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
The 22-year-old reportedly opened fire at Club Q on November 19 and continued firing for six minutes before being attacked by guests.
Bartenders Daniel Davis Aston, 28, and Derrick Rump were among the five dead.
“I thought it was the music, so I kept dancing,” survivor Joshua Thurman told reporters of the horrifying scene. “Then I heard another series of shots and then I ran into the fitting room with a customer, got on the floor, locked the doors and immediately called the police.
He added: “There were bodies on the ground, blood, broken glass, broken cups and it was worse outside.”
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Aldrich, the estranged child of former UFC fighter and porn star Aaron Brink and grandchild of outgoing California GOP Rep. Randy Voepel, was eventually arrested at the scene and has been held without bail ever since.
Evidence markers are placed at the crime scene near a 7-11 where a victim was found near Club Q in Colorado Springs on November 20, 2022 (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers had told the AP the deadly attack only ended after a patron took a gun from the suspect, hit him with it and pinned him until authorities arrived.
Aldrich and her mother, Laura Voepel, were well known to local authorities prior to last month’s mass shooting.
The accused gunman’s mother was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisted arrest a day after the mass shooting
Aldrich’s mother, 45, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct a day after the shooting.
Voepel was asked by the police “several times” to “scream out” at her home, otherwise she would be arrested, according to a summons from CDPR.
She reportedly became combative and resisted arrest, the outlet reports.
In court Tuesday, the prosecutor claimed the case against Aldrich was “substantial,” adding that prosecutors could change their charges in the coming weeks.