The father of the Colorado Springs shooting suspect, Anderson Aldrich, says his first reaction to news of the Club Q attack was to ask why his child was in an LGBTQ bar.
Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, said CBS8 received a call Sunday night from his child’s public defender to say he was under arrest for a mass shooting.
“They started telling me about the incident, the shooting involving a lot of people,” Brink said in an interview.
“And then I find out it’s a gay bar. I said, “God, is he gay?” I was scared, “Fuck, is he gay?” And he’s not gay so I said, “Phhhewww…”
He said CBS8 his family was Mormon, adding, “We are not gay.”
The father said that although he has anti-gay views, there is no excuse for his child allegedly shooting people at an LGBTQ+ club.
“I am very sorry for your loss,” Mr. Brink said. “Regardless of politics, it’s about people’s lives. I’m so sorry. My soul goes out to you.”
“Life is so fragile and precious,” he said. “These people’s lives were precious.”
Aldrich’s lawyers stated in court documents that the 22-year-old is not binary and uses pronouns.
Brink, 48, told the San Diego news site that his ex-wife Laura Voepel called him in 2016 to say that their child, born Nicholas Brink, changed his name and died by suicide.
“His mother told me he changed his name because I was on a (reality tv show) Intervention and I was a porn actor,” said Brink CBS8.
He still believed his baby was dead until six months ago when he received an unexpected call from Aldrich.
According to Mr Brink’s account, Aldrich was “pissed off” and wanted to “poke the old man”.
He went on to say that he taught his child how to fight at a young age and “praised him for his brutal behavior”.
“I told him it works. It’s instant and you’ll get results immediately,” said Brink CBS8.
However, this never included the use of guns, Brink added, although he believes “guns are good.” Rather, he taught his child to fight like him.
“For me, weapons are hands,” said Brink. “I believe in the right to bear arms.”
The father said that as a child, Aldrich was bright and good at computers.
As Mr. Brink and his child spent more time apart, the father said he sensed a growing anger in Aldrich.
“He was pissed at me,” he said.
“He didn’t talk about shooting me,” added the father.
According to MMAWeekly.com, Mr. Brink has had 58 professional mixed martial arts fights with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and two no fights in 19 years.
He has also appeared in several adult films and reality shows Divorce court.