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Club Q shooting suspect immediately opened fire, claiming to have been awake for days, affidavit says

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The suspect accused of killing five people in an attack on a Colorado LGBTQ club opened fire almost immediately after arriving, and then claimed he hadn’t slept for days, according to a police affidavit released Wednesday .

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was charged on Tuesday with 305 counts, including murder and hate crimes, in the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight Nov. 19.

Aldrich arrived a few steps from the club entrance around 11:55 p.m. in a gold Toyota Highlander, and exited the SUV wearing a ballistic vest and carrying an AR-15-style assault rifle, according to the affidavit. Police were called to a shooting at 11:56 p.m., he said.

“He entered the business and after entering the business from a short distance opened fire indiscriminately on customers inside the club,” a police detective wrote in the affidavit filed November 20.

The suspect’s attorney said in court documents that Aldrich uses pronouns.

The affidavit contains stills from the surveillance video, including one that appears to show the shooter exiting the SUV in the parking lot, and another that shows the start of the shooting, according to the document.

Aldrich was shot by bystanders, stopping the attack, officials and witnesses said. Aldrich was injured and taken to hospital.

At the hospital, a sergeant and a police officer told another detective that “they overheard Anderson telling the medical staff that he was sorry and that he had been awake for four days,” the affidavit states. .

A motive in the attack is not contained in the affidavit.

Those killed were between 22 and 40 years old. Seventeen other people were shot and five others suffered physical injuries from other causes, officials said.

Witnesses credited the quick action of Army veteran Richard Fierro, 45, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James with jumping on the shooter and limiting the carnage.

Charges against Aldrich include first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and bias-motivated crimes.

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