Another mass shooting in the United States, again with hints of a hate crime and once again at the hands of a twenty-something.
At least five people were killed by rifle bullets that Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, fired at patrons of a Colorado Springs LGBTQ establishment, the Q club, on Saturday night. A minimum of 18 more people were injured. Two of them were in critical condition yesterday, with life-threatening injuries.
As indicated by the club itself and the authorities, the immediate action of some customers to immobilize the murderer prevented a major tragedy. “We appreciate the quick reactions of the heroic patrons who subdued the gunman and put an end to this hateful attack,” said those responsible for the establishment.
Also the governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, praised the “brave individuals” who had “blocked the gunman.” The police specified that there were at least two customers who “confronted and fought” with Andrich, which prevented him from firing further. “We owe them a great debt of gratitude,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian said yesterday. Vásquez, in a press conference.
The author of the shots used a “long rifle,” explained Vásquez himself. He added that the officers in charge of the case found at least two firearms at the location and that his department had requested search warrants to continue the investigation.
The killer used a rifle and also injured 18 people before being blocked by customers and detained by police
Police received an initial call about the shooting at the nightclub at 11:56 p.m., police spokeswoman Pamela Castro said. Within six minutes, she said, officers entered the club and detained the suspect, who was also injured and taken to a hospital.
Anderson Lee Aldrich had been arrested nearly a year and a half earlier in connection with a bomb threat that local media reported was directed against his own mother. It happened in June 2021, in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood, in the southeast of Colorado Springs and about 24 kilometers from the place where the young man perpetrated the five-fold murder yesterday.
Anderson Lee Aldrich had been arrested in June 2021 in connection with a bomb threat
The Q club was preparing for a drag brunch, yesterday, Sunday, in observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The shooting in Colorado was reminiscent of the 2016 massacre at the Pulse bar in Orlando, Florida, a nightclub where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 after proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.
According to the organization Archivo de Violencia, so far this year the United States has registered 601 mass shootings with the result of 621 deaths and 2,524 injuries. These are enormous figures within a marked trend towards an increase in the number of homicides with firearms in the country, an accelerated increase after the pandemic. Compared to the 417 shootings in 2019, in 2020 there were 610 and in 2021, 690.
In the past four years, Colorado Republican lawmakers have introduced six bills to restrict the rights of transgender people. But none have prospered.
So far this year, the US has recorded 601 mass shootings with 621 deaths and 2,524 injuries
By contrast, Democrat Jared Polis, the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a state, announced last month the inclusion of gender transition operations within the Essential Health Benefit plan, which covers essential medical services with limited of costs