Survivors of Colorado Springs mass shooting at Club Q say suspect likely to take plea deal

In relation to the shooting at Club Q in November, Anderson Aldrich, 23, is confronted with over 300 charges, which include first-degree murder and hate crimes. Aldrich would admit guilt and confront the harshest state punishment, state prosecutors informed them that some of those who survived or experienced the loss of loved ones in the assault informed the AP that Colorado law mandates victims to be informed of potential plea agreements.

USA TODAY did not promptly reply to a defense attorney’s request for comment, and a representative from Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s office refused to comment on the possible plea agreement.

As per court documents, Aldrich is anticipated to make an appearance in court for an arraignment on June 26. Prosecutors requested survivors to compose victim impact statements for the proceeding and get ready for the potential disclosure of surveillance footage of the incident.

As per the AP, Michael Anderson, who was tending the bar at Club Q during the shooting incident, informed prosecutors that he desired a swift conclusion to the legal matter.

He informed the publication, “With the assurance that fairness is ensured, I would greatly appreciate expediting the resolution of this matter.” “This hinders the progress and closure, and hampers the ability to find solace beyond this particular instance. If this process extends over several years, it deeply concerns me,” he expressed.

Michael Anderson of Club Q sits for a portrait on Monday, June 5, 2023, in Colorado Springs, Colo. “No one has sympathy for [Anderson Lee Aldrich],” said Anderson, who was bartending at Club Q when the shooting broke out and ducked as several patrons were gunned down around him. “This community has to live with what happened, with collective trauma, with PTSD, trying to grieve the loss of our friends, to move past emotional wounds and move past what we heard, saw and smelled.”

With what charges is the alleged gunman being accused?

Defense attorneys argued that there was no evidence that Michael Judge McHenry, a Fourth District Judicial Aldrich, committed a hate crime, but the charges against them were dropped. Aldrich, who identifies as nonbinary, now faces more than 300 nonbinary charges.

The Justice Department is reportedly contemplating the possibility of pressing federal hate crime charges, according to an anonymous senior law enforcement official cited by the AP. It remains uncertain whether reaching a plea deal for the state charges would also encompass the federal investigation. The Justice Department has not yet provided a response to the request for comment.

Previously: The judge declines to dismiss hate crime charges against the suspect in the Colorado Springs shooting.

The “neo nazi-mass shooter extremist training video” consisted of offensive videos uploaded to a website overseen by Aldrich, which featured an image of a rifle sight focused on a pride parade. Additionally, prosecutors claim that images related to the LGBTQ club, which was targeted by Aldrich, were shared through a Discord account associated with him. Richard Fierro, a veteran of the military, along with other individuals at the bar, assisted in restraining Aldrich when he began shooting with an AR-15 style rifle inside the nightclub.

“That’s completely misguided,” Aldrich informed the AP when questioned about the potential hate-driven nature of the assault. The defense lawyers representing Aldrich, who vehemently denied singling out any particular group, highlighted testimonies suggesting that Aldrich had consumed a range of narcotics prior to the incident, as well as the discovery of drug-related evidence in the suspect’s vehicle and the presence of several prescription drugs taken by Aldrich.

Anderson Lee Aldrich was formally charged with 305 counts in the Club Q shooting, including hate crimes and murder.

Aldrich conveyed regret to the media.

“I need to accept accountability for what occurred,” Aldrich stated.