Wednesday, February 8, 2023

US LGBT+ club shooting suspect charged with 305 counts

The suspect in a shooting at an LGBT+ club in the United States was charged Tuesday with 305 counts, including murder, that left five people dead.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, remains in custody since the attack on Club Q in Colorado Springs, in the northwest of the country, which also injured 18 people.

The suspect, who has declared himself to be non-binary, appeared in court on Tuesday to face the charges, according to lawyers.

The charges include 10 counts of first-degree murder (two for each fatality), one count of premeditated murder and one count of manslaughter with extreme indifference. Both charges carry a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In the United States, it is common for prosecutors to file multiple charges for the same crime.

Aldrich faces 86 counts of attempted first-degree murder, as well as dozens of hate crimes and assault charges.

The suspect appeared during the hearing wearing a yellow prison uniform. Aldrich, seemingly bearded, has recovered from those injuries when one of the patrons of Club Q intervenes to stop the attack.

Military veteran Richard Fierro, who was accompanied by his wife at the club, said in interviews that he confiscated the gun from the gunman and used it as a tool to restrain Aldrich.

The November 20 shooting brought Colorado Springs’ LGBT+ community into mourning, bringing the small town to the edge.

Details about the suspect that came to light after the attack revealed a chaotic life marked by a volatile childhood at the hands of drug-abusing parents.

AFP.

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