An army veteran reports on fighting a Colorado Springs gunman
Suspect in the Colorado Springs shooting, Anderson Lee Aldrich, faces at least five counts of murder and five counts of prejudice-motivated bodily harm.
At least five people were killed and 18 others injured when a 22-year-old suspect barged into an LGBT+ nightclub just before midnight on Saturday and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle.
The suspect was subdued by an army veteran with the help of a transgender woman who stepped on the suspect. “It’s a reflex,” Rich Fierro told reporters Monday night.
He said that after recognizing the shooter, he ran across the room, grabbed his gun, and dragged him to the floor.
Mr. Fierro said he then “took his second weapon, a pistol, and just started hitting him wherever he could, but the armor got in the way.”
On Monday, police released the names of the victims along with their pronouns. They have been identified as Kelly Loving, Daniel Aston, Derrick Rump, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance.
Police identify victims ‘after they identify themselves’
In a rare move, the Colorado Springs Police Department identified mass shooting victims based on how they “identified” with their preferred pronouns.
“We respect all members of our community, including the LGBTQ community,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said on Monday.
He added: “Therefore, we will identify victims based on how they identified themselves and how their families loved and identified them.”
Mr. Vasquez then read their names along with their pronouns.
Alisha Rahman SarkarNovember 22, 2022 13:30
How did a Colorado Springs gunman get a firearm?
In June 2021, Anderson Lee Aldrich walked out the front door of his Colorado Springs home with his hands up after running into police.
Authorities arrested him for criminal threats and first-degree kidnapping after his mother claimed he had threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.
Seventeen months later, 22-year-old Aldrich is in police custody on suspicion of killing five people at an LGBT+ nightclub called Club Q.
Moreover, media reports indicate that the weapons used in the attack – a semi-automatic and a pistol – were purchased legally.
This was despite various state laws designed to stop dangerous people from acquiring such weapons.
Alisha Rahman SarkarNovember 22, 2022 12:30
Rage and sadness as victims of Colorado nightclub shooting honored
Hundreds of people, many holding candles and wiping away tears, gathered in a Colorado Springs park Monday night to honor those killed and injured when a gunman opened fire on a nightclub that has been a sanctuary for the local LGBT+ community for decades.
At Monday’s vigil, people hugged each other and listened as speakers on stage expressed both rage and sadness over the shootings.
Jeremiah Harris, 24 and gay, said he used to go to the club several times a month and recognized one of the victims as the bartender who always served him.
He said it was exciting to hear others talk during wakes after the attack. “Gays have been here as long as humans have been around,” Harris said.
Rage and sadness as victims of Colorado nightclub shooting honored
Hundreds of people, many holding candles and wiping away tears, gathered in a Colorado Springs park to honor those killed and injured as a gunman opened fire on a nightlife venue that has been a sanctuary for the local LGBTQ community for decades
Alisha Rahman SarkarNovember 22, 2022 11:30
Tucker Carlson downplays the anti-LGBT+ theme in the shooting
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has downplayed the LGBT+ hatred that appears to be behind the mass shooting at a Colorado Springs gay club.
In the aftermath of the mass shooting, a right-wing newscaster dismissed the gunman’s motives, suggesting the suspect was “a clearly troubled individual”.
“So the most obvious question is why did he shoot 30 people? The truth is we don’t know,” he told The Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday.
Alisha Rahman SarkarNovember 22, 2022 10:30
Five victims of an attack on an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs have been identified
Five victims who lost their lives in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs have been identified.
Police initially said 25 people were injured in the attack, but revised that number to 18 on Monday. Many suffered horrific injuries and face a long recovery.
The shooting sparked renewed calls for tougher gun laws and mourning across the LGBT+ community, which has warned since earlier this year that increasingly violent political rhetoric against LGBT+ people could lead to deaths.
Here’s what we know so far about the five victims of the Colorado Springs shooting.
Alisha Rahman SarkarNovember 22, 2022 09:30
The chief of police lists the pronouns next to the names of the victims
At a press conference this afternoon, the Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez he set out to list the victims according to their gender identity rather than what may have been in their official records.
“We respect all members of our community, including our LGBTQ community. Therefore, we will identify victims based on how they identified themselves and how their families loved and identified them,” Vasquez said.
He then listed the names of the victims next to their pronouns.
Trans people often go through life with the wrong gender on their birth certificates, passports or other government documents, often due to the high barriers or costs associated with changing such documents.
Io DoddsNovember 22, 2022 08:50
“Just started running with his gun”
US Army Veteran Richard Fierro spoke emotionally of his courage during the shooting, my colleague Oliver O’Connell reports.
Speaking to John Berman online on Monday night, Mr Fierro described what happened when the shooter began shooting at Q Club on Saturday night.
He recognized that the shooter, 22-year-old Anderson Aldrich, was wearing a handgrip body armor and ran across the room, grabbed it, and dragged him to the floor.
Another person helped Mr. Fierro bring Mr. Aldrich to the ground and had them push the AR-15 rifle away.
“Then I took his second weapon, a pistol, and started hitting him wherever I could, but the armor got in the way,” said Fierro. “I found the fold between his armor and his head and just started running with his gun.”
Io DoddsNovember 22, 2022 07:43
Where did the Colorado shooter get the gun?
How exactly did the alleged shooter get his gun despite Colorado’s “red flag” law? The answer reveals various potential loopholes in state gun laws.
Media reports indicate that the weapons used in the attack – a semi-automatic and a handgun – were purchased legally, despite the suspect’s earlier arrest in June 2021 for allegedly threatening his mother with a homemade bomb.
While we don’t know exactly how the guns were purchased, it’s worth noting that the local sheriff’s office opposes Colorado’s “red flag” gun law and has declared itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”
Io DoddsNovember 22, 2022 06:36
A high heel drag queen helped an army veteran overpower a bandit
A former army captain took on a 22-year-old gunman who opened fire at an LGBT+ nightclub in Colorado Springs and beat the suspect senseless when he was stepped on by a high heeled drag queen.
Richard Fierro, 45, said New York Times was with family and friends at the Q club on a Saturday night when the suspect barged in and began firing automatic weapons at the club. “I just knew I had to take it off,” said Fierro.
As the army veteran shouted to others for help, he said one customer moved the shooter’s rifle out of reach and a drag dancer began stomping on the suspect in high heels.
Alisha Rahman SarkarNovember 22, 2022 05:30
MTG criticized for not responding
Far-right Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene she was criticized for her reaction to the shooting, my friend John Bowden in Washington reports.
Ms. Greene’s two-tweet thread about the attack did not address the meaning of the target or the wave of hate that right-wing politicians have directed at LGBT+ and transgender Americans in particular over the past few years.
But what has caused some furor among left-leaning users of the platform is her choice to attack Mr. Biden on the issue of fentanyl deaths and immigration in her response – a rather non-sequitur where the alleged shooter is a white American with family ties to a Republican state legislator.
Incidentally, the attack was stopped by a former Hispanic army major who happily describes himself as an “immigrant.”
Io DoddsNovember 22, 2022 05:30