Colorado Gay Bar Shooting Update: Alleged Shooter’s Grandfather is a Republican Legislator

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The grandfather of Anderson Lee Aldrich, the man accused of carrying out the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado this weekend, has been identified as a MAGA Republican legislator who hailed the January 6 riots at the US Capitol last year.

Posts on social media under Aldrich’s mother’s name, Laura Voepel, have linked him to Randy Voepel, a former member of the Republican California state assembly who claims to be his grandfather, reports said. No confirmed images of Aldrich have emerged as yet, and no mugshot has been published. Following the Capitol attack, Voepel praised the rioters, equating their acts to those of the American Revolutionaries.

Later that day, two bartenders slain in the tragic mass shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs were photographed, just hours after police verified Aldrich’s arrest, but his mugshot has yet to be released. A long rifle and a handgun were recovered by police from Club Q, a popular gay and lesbian bar in Colorado Springs and the shooting site. According to the New York Times, the guy used an AR-15 style rifle and was wearing body armor.

Derrick Rump and Daniel Aston were among the five people killed at Club Q on Saturday night in what looked to be a premeditated attack carried out by a single gunman wielding an AR-15. Both males worked as bartenders at the institution and are the only two named victims of the incident, which occurred at 11:57 p.m. on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance. 28-year-old Aston was a transgender male.

According to The Gazette, Laura informed police that her son threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office evacuated the area and closed it down until Aldrich emerged from a house he was in. Aldrich was initially charged with two counts of felony menacing and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, but the charges were dismissed and the records sealed.

The event highlighted concerns about Colorado’s red flag law, which allows authorities to temporarily take firearms from anyone deemed a threat to the community. According to reports, Aldrich’s mother was residing in a residence in the Colorado Springs area until the June 2021 incident, when she was forced to leave. Aldrich could have been staying at his grandparents’ house nearby.

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