The suspect who authorities say killed five people and injured several others at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday has been released from the hospital and is due in court Wednesday. will appear
The suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, was hospitalized by Club Q patron Richard Farrow, who police have hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths.
Another mentor who intervened was Thomas James, a Navy information systems technician stationed in Colorado Springs. A third person also assisted and kicked the suspect in the head, Farrow said.
The Colorado Springs Police Department said Tuesday it has turned the suspect in the shooting over to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at the jail.
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Aldrich, who was known as Nicholas Brink until 2016, faces murder and hate crime charges. Just before his 16th birthday, he petitioned a Texas court to change his name, saying he wanted to “protect himself” from a father with a criminal history, court records show. An application for a name change was submitted on Brink’s behalf by her grandparents, who were her legal guardians at the time.
The request for the name change comes months after Aldrich was apparently bullied online. A June 2015 website that attacked a boy named Nick Brink suggests he was bullied in high school.
The motive for Saturday’s shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs remains under investigation.
Aldrich was arrested last year after his mother said he threatened her with homemade bombs and other weapons.
Officials said at the time that no explosives were found, but gun control advocates have questioned why police did not use Colorado’s “red flag” laws to seize the weapon that was in his possession. According to his mother, he had
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A law enforcement official said the suspect used an AR-15-style semi-automatic weapon. A handgun and additional ammunition magazines were also recovered. The official could not publicly discuss details of the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.