Preliminary charges filed in Club Q shooting, including first-degree murder

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

A role sheet for Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, shows a warrant has been issued for those charges. Murder charges are class 1 felonies and bias crime charges, which apply to hate crimes, are class 5 felonies.

The warrant and the affidavit of the detective who provides the evidence supporting that warrant have been sealed, according to court records.

“If the affidavit of the informational arrest warrant were to be released, it could jeopardize the ongoing 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 figures released on Monday, police said 17 people at the club suffered gunshot wounds. One person was injured in the attack but was not shot, and police described another person as a victim who suffered no visible injuries.

“We are aware that numerous other members of the community were present at Club Q during the shooting who may be victims with no visible injuries,” a Colorado Springs police news release said.

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At midday on Monday, police said Aldrich was being held at a local hospital with undisclosed injuries. A search of the El Paso County Jail’s online inmate locator on Monday morning did not return any results for Aldrich. A search of Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrest records also yielded no results, making it unclear whether Aldrich had ever been arrested.

The court filing 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 yet to come and will likely be a much longer list, potentially including assault and attempted murder.

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

Colorado law also allows suspects to be charged under multiple murder theories in the murder of a person. For example, a defendant could be charged with both murder after deliberation and murder with extreme indifference. For this reason, it is common in mass public shootings in Colorado that suspects are ultimately charged with more murders than there are victims killed.

Preliminary charges filed in Club Q shooting, including first-degree murder

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