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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The alleged shooter facing possible hate crime charges in the fatal shooting of five people at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub is nonbinary, the suspect’s defense team says in court filings.
In several standard motions filed on behalf of Anderson Lee Aldrich on Tuesday, public defenders refer to the suspect as “Mx. Aldrich,” noting in footnotes that Aldrich, 22, is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. The motions deal with issues like unsealing documents and evidence gathering, not Aldrich’s identity and there was no elaboration about it.
Aldrich, who was beaten into submission by patrons during Saturday night’s shooting at Club Q, was scheduled to appear in court for the first time Wednesday by video from jail. The motive in the shooting was still under investigation, but authorities said Aldrich faces possible murder and hate crime charges.
The report further explains that “Hate crime charges would require proving that the shooter was motivated by bias, such as against the victims’ actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The Associated Press also notes the new details emerging on Aldrich’s background. Until 2016, he was known as Nicholas Franklin Brink, but just weeks after he turned 16, he submitted a petition in Texas to change his name, to “protect himself” from a father with a criminal history, and online bullying while in high school.
“Additionally, a YouTube account was opened in Brink’s name that included an animation titled “Asian homosexual gets molested,”” the AP writes.
“The suspect’s father is a mixed martial arts fighter and pornography performer with an extensive criminal history, including convictions for battery against the alleged shooter’s mother, Laura Voepel,” the report states.
Journalist Jack Posobiec shared a video of a CNN News broadcast and mocked, “CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota left speechless after reporting live on-air the Colorado shooter is non-binary.”
In the segment, a stunned Camerota says, “I just don’t know what to say about this.”
She notes that the suspect identifies as “nonbinary” and uses “they/them pronouns,” but then turns around and refers to the suspect as “he” multiple times.
This comes as many on the left have blamed the shooting on conservatives who have voiced disapproval of children being taken to drag queen shows, claiming that outspoken conservatives like Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Rep. Lauren Boebert and Twitter user “Libs of TikTok” have stirred up hatred against the LGBTQ community.
In new court filing, public defenders for the suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado gay club that left 5 people dead say that their client is non-binary and that "they use they/them pronouns." The lawyers refer to their client as Mx. Anderson Aldrich. pic.twitter.com/dPaUpiFXKN
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) November 23, 2022
Link to the full filing? Why cut off the the docket number and relevant info for others to verify? This is lazy journalism.
— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) November 23, 2022
Colorado gay club shooter is NON-BINARY and uses they/ them pronouns, lawyer says https://t.co/ZXegvtpMcR
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) November 23, 2022
Now, the Associated Press report indicates the gunman himself was a member of the LGBTQ community.
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