Suspect in gay bar shooting faces murder charges

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The man suspected of opening fire and killing five people and injuring others at a gay bar in Colorado Springs is facing murder and hate charges. 

According to online court records, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is facing five murder charges and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury. 

A law enforcement official said that Aldrich used an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon in the attack. A handgun and additional ammunition magazines were also recovered from the suspect. 

Details of the investigation could not be discussed publicly and Aldrich’s lawyer wasn’t available on Monday. 

Club Q thanked the “quick reactions of heroic customers that subdued the gunman and ended this hate attack.” on its Facebook page. 

Questions were raised about why authorities didn’t confiscate Aldrich’s guns from him in 2021 when he was arrested after his mother reported he threatened her with a homemade bomb. 

According to authorities, of the 25 injured at Club Q, seven were in critical condition. Some were hurt attempting to flee and it was unclear how many were shot.