Colorado Springs mayor: Mass shooting at LGBTQ nightclub ‘has all the trappings of a hate crime’


The mayor of Colorado Springs said Monday that the shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub that left five dead “had all the trappings of a hate crime.”

Mayor John Suthers made the comment on NBC’s ‘Today’ show as law enforcement is still trying to figure out why Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, allegedly walked into Club Q just before midnight on Saturday and started to open fire, also wounding 25 other people.

“We have to look at social media. We have to look at all sorts of other information that we gather from people who knew the individual before we can come to any firm conclusions about a motivation, but it certainly has, as I said, the outward signs of a hate crime,” Suthers said.

Aldrich was previously arrested in June 2021 for making multiple bomb threats and refusing to surrender to police.

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A police officer exits his car near a crime scene at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, where a shooting occurred late Saturday night.
(AP Photo/Geneva Heffernan)

Police received reports from Aldrich’s mother on June 18, 2021, that Aldrich “threatened to harm her with a pipe bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition,” according to the El Paso Sheriff’s Department.

“Unfortunately, under Colorado law, we are unable to comment on other law enforcement interactions at this time,” Suthers said Monday.

“I believe the district attorney will be filing motions in court today that will allow law enforcement to speak further to this individual’s criminal history,” he added.

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People hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near Club Q nightclub on November 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

People hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near Club Q nightclub on November 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Suthers also praised the “incredible act of heroism” by two people at the nightclub who subdued the shooter.

“Police get a dispatch at 11:57 a.m., they arrive at 12 p.m., and by 12:02 p.m. the assailant is under control,” Suthers told NBC. “And that’s largely because two – but mostly one as I understand it – are able to pick up a handgun that he has in his possession, take it away from him, and use that gun not in him. shooting it but hitting it and disabling it.”

Flowers and reading a sign "love over hate" lay near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 20, where a shooting occurred late Saturday night.

Flowers and a sign reading ‘love not hate’ were seen near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, November 20, where a shooting occurred late Saturday night.
(AP Photo/Geneva Heffernan)

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“When you look at that in the time frame, that act probably saved a lot of lives,” he added. “There is no doubt about it.”

Suthers said his community is now in mourning, but “we are a community determined to ensure that the actions of a sniper do not define our community.”

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.


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