Colorado nightclub shooter is non-binary

A memorial outside of Club Q on November 22, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A gunman opened fire inside the LGBTQ+ club on November 19th, killing 5 and injuring 25 others.
A memorial outside of Club Q on November 22, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A gunman opened fire inside the LGBTQ+ club on November 19th, killing 5 and injuring 25 others. Photo credit Chet Strange/Getty Images

The person who is suspected of carrying out the shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that claimed the lives of 5 people and injured 18 is nonbinary, according to a court filing from the suspect's defense attorneys.

The state public defenders representing Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspected shooter, filed several motions on Tuesday. In them, they included a footnote about Aldrich’s identity.

“Anderson Aldrich is nonbinary,” the footnote from attorneys Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman says. “They use they/them pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal filings, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.”

Currently Aldrich is being held on five counts of suspicion of murder and five counts of bias-motivated crimes in connection to the Saturday night shooting.

There has not been any information provided by investigators about what leads them to believe the shooting was a hate crime.

The shooting at Club Q was stopped by bargoers who stepped up and attacked Aldrich, leaving him injured. On Tuesday, Aldrich was released from a local hospital and booked in El Paso County Jail.

Aldrich is scheduled to make their first court appearance virtually on Wednesday.

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