Father Of ‘They/Them’ Gunman In Colorado Springs Generates Backlash Over Comments About Tragedy
COLORADO SPRING, CO - NOVEMBER 21: Police crime tape is still surrounding the scene of the shooting outside of Club Q on November 21, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. An attacker opened fire in a gay nightclub late Saturday night killing five people and wounding at least 25, officials said. The club said the suspect was subdued by patrons and Colorado Springs police said he was taken into custody and hospitalized for treatment of his injuries. Colorado Springs police Chief Adrian Vasquez identified the suspect as 22-year old Anderson Lee Aldrich.
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The father of the 22-year-old man accused of killing five and wounding 17 others at a gay night club in Colorado has generated backlash over remarks that he made about the shooting in interviews with the media.

The alleged gunman, who will not be named per Daily Wire policy about not giving notoriety to mass killers, opened fire inside Club Q in Colorado Springs. The club is described online as an “adult-oriented gay and lesbian nightclub hosting theme nights such as karaoke, drag shows & DJs.”

Local media reports that authorities said the shooter faces five counts of first-degree murder after deliberation and five counts of a bias-motivated crime that caused bodily injury. Prosecutors suggest the shooting is considered a hate crime based on the bias-motivated crime charge.

The suspect also claims that he is “non-binary” and he uses “they/they” pronouns, according to court documents.

The suspect changed his name after turning 16 years old to distance himself from his criminal father, who is also a porn star and has a history of meth addiction. The suspect’s mother was previously accused of arson.

The suspect’s generated backlash online over remarks that he made in relation to learning that his son attacked a gay bar.

“And then I go on to find out it’s a gay bar,” the father said. “I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I got scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phew …’”

In a different interview, the father reacted to learning that his son was “non-binary.”

“What does that mean? I got to know because I was horrified he was gay,” the father said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God. He’s at a gay bar. He’s gay.’ I’m not homophobic or anything — but to find something out like that – I just didn’t know.”

The father later admitted that he had “failed” his son.

In 2021, the suspect was booked into the El Paso County Jail on “2 counts of Felony Menacing, and 3 counts of First-Degree Kidnapping,” the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The charges stemmed from an alleged bomb threat that the suspect made after his mother said that he was “threatening to cause harm to her with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons and ammunition,” the sheriff’s office said.

However, no formal charges were ever filed and the case was later sealed, according to local media.

Colorado has a red flag law that leftists claim will stop mass shootings, yet it failed to prevent the this shooting from happening.

Brandon Drey contributed to this report.

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