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Five people were killed and dozens more were injured during a mass shooting at Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Nov. 19, 2022. (Jeremy Sparig, Special to The Colorado Sun)

The accused shooter in the attack on Club Q in Colorado Springs is facing 10 preliminary charges, including five counts of first-degree murder after deliberation and five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime, according to a court record.

A docket sheet for Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, shows that a warrant has been issued for those charges. The murder charges are Class 1 felonies and the bias-motivated crime charges, which apply to hate crimes, are Class 5 felonies.

The warrant and the detective’s affidavit that provides the supporting evidence for that warrant have been sealed, according to court records.

“If the information arrest warrant affidavit was to be released, it could jeopardize the ongoing case investigation,” prosecutors wrote in a request to seal the warrant.

The attack on Club Q, a gathering space and focal point for the LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs, killed five people late Saturday and early Sunday. In revised numbers released Monday, police said 17 people in the club were wounded by gunfire. One person was injured during the attack but was not shot, and police described an additional person as a victim who did not suffer any visible injuries.

“We know many more community members were present at Club Q during the shooting, who may be victims with no visible injuries,” a news release from Colorado Springs police stated.


As of mid-day Monday, police said Aldrich was being held in a local hospital with undisclosed injuries. A search of the El Paso County Jail’s online inmate locator on Monday morning did not return a result for Aldrich. A search of Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrest records also did not return a result, making it unclear whether Aldrich had actually been arrested yet.

The court record did not show an attorney for Aldrich.

It is common in criminal cases for police and prosecutors to file preliminary arrest charges. Formal charges by prosecutors are still to come and will likely be a far longer list, potentially including assault and attempted murder.

Because injuries are not always a prerequisite for charging a suspect with a crime of violence, it is possible that prosecutors could list everyone who was in the club at the time of the attack as victims and file charges on behalf of each of them. Police have not released an estimate for how many people were inside when the shooting occurred.

Colorado law also allows suspects to be charged under multiple theories of murder in the killing of one person. For instance, a defendant could be charged with both murder after deliberation and murder with extreme indifference. For that reason, it is common in public mass shootings in Colorado for suspects to be charged eventually with more counts of murder than there were victims killed.

John Ingold is a co-founder of The Colorado Sun and a reporter currently specializing in health care coverage.

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, John spent 18 years working at The Denver Post. Prior to that, he held internships at the Rocky Ford Daily Gazette, the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Rocky Mountain News, among other publications. He also interned one summer in the public relations office at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where he got to sit on an elephant's knee and get his photo taken.

John was part of The Denver Post's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news team for its coverage of a shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and, in 2015, he was a Pulitzer finalist for a series he wrote on parents whose children suffer from a rare form of epilepsy and the help they hoped to find through Colorado's medical marijuana system.

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Olivia Prentzel is a general assignment writer based in Colorado Springs for The Colorado Sun, covering breaking news, wildfires and all things interesting impacting Coloradans. Before joining The Sun, Olivia covered criminal justice for The Colorado Springs Gazette. She’s also worked at newspapers in New Orleans and New Jersey, where she grew up. After graduating college, she lived in a tiny, rural town in southern Madagascar for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer. When not writing, Olivia enjoys backpacking and climbing Colorado’s tallest peaks.