December 7, 2022

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Colorado night club shooting leaves 5 people dead, at least 25 injured

Correspondent Claudia Cowan reports the latest on the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

Authorities in Colorado filed charges Monday against the 22-year-old suspect alleged to have killed five people and wounded more than a dozen others in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs over the weekend.

Anderson Lee Aldrich is facing five counts of first-degree murder and five charges of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury following the mass shooting at Club Q, The Associated Press is reporting, citing online court records.

Flowers and a sign reading "love over hate" lay near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 where a shooting occurred late Saturday night. 

Flowers and a sign reading "love over hate" lay near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 where a shooting occurred late Saturday night. 
(AP Photo/Geneva Heffernan)

The latter charges suggest authorities are considering the attack a hate crime, KDVR reports.

The Colorado Springs Police Department said the suspect killed five people and injured 17 community members because of a gunshot wound. Another person was injured but not because of a gunshot wound, police said.

CSPD acknowledged there were other victims with no visible injuries to contact the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.

Aldrich, who is currently hospitalized after being taken into custody early Sunday, could be released this afternoon and possibly appear in court today, KDVR also reported, citing District Attorney Michael Allen.

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Fox News Digital reached out to Allen’s office, but they did not immediately respond.

Club Q is seen on Sunday, Nov. 20, hours after a gunman opened fire inside.

Club Q is seen on Sunday, Nov. 20, hours after a gunman opened fire inside.
(KMGH via REUTERS )

The mayor of Colorado Springs said earlier Monday that the shooting “has all the trappings of a hate crime.”

A police officer exits his car near a crime scene at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 where a shooting occurred late Saturday night.

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

“We need to look at social media. We need to look at all kinds of other information that we are gathering from people that knew the individual before we make any definitive conclusions about a motivation but it certainly as I say has the trappings of a hate crime,” Mayor John Suthers said on NBC’s “Today” show.

CSPD was expected to hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. MST Monday.