Club Q shooting suspect makes first court appearance

The suspect in Saturday’s Club Q shooting made their first public appearance since the shooting via video in court on Wednesday.
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 12:11 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 3:23 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The suspect in Saturday’s Club Q shooting made their first public appearance since the violent attack via video in court on Wednesday.

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The mass shooting was carried out at a nightclub near N. Academy Boulevard and N. Carefree Circle just northeast of Palmer Park. Five people were killed and more than a dozen were injured. Police say two people subdued the shooter.

That suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, was slumped over in a chair during his court appearance on Wednesday. The suspect appeared inattentive and mumbled responses to the judge, according to an 11 News reporter in the courtroom. During the appearance, the defense attorneys asked for the arrest affidavit to be unsealed in order to assist their case. This request was granted, but because of a protective order, it will still not be released to the public.

Attorneys for the suspect state Aldrich identifies as non-binary.

The next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 6, but that date might shift, as one of the defense attorneys said he was unavailable.