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Suspect in Club Q shooting charged with 305 counts

Charges against Anderson Lee Aldrich include five counts of first-degree murder and dozens of attempted murder charges.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The suspect in a shooting that killed five people and injured several others at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs is being charged with 305 counts which include first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault in connection to the deadly shooting.

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Prosecutors said charges have been formally filed during a hearing for Anderson Lee Aldrich Tuesday morning in El Paso County court. 

Aldrich is being held without bail on 305 counts in connection with the shooting at Club Q on Nov. 19.

"When you file 305 charges in a case, that tells the public, this community and this nation that we are taking this case as serious as we possibly can, meaning that we are going to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law," said Michael Allen, district attorney for the 4th Judicial District.  

The charges include:

  • 5 counts first-degree murder - extreme indifference
  • 5 counts first-degree murder - after deliberation
  • 44 counts attempted first-degree murder - after deliberation
  • 44 counts attempted first-degree murder - extreme indifference
  • 89 counts of assault or attempted assault
  • 47 bias-motivated crime counts
  • 71 crime of violence sentence enhancers

"We are not going to tolerate bias-motivated actions against community members based on their sexual identity," said Allen. "Members of that community have been harassed, intimidated and abused for too long and that's not going to occur in the fourth judicial district."

Five people -- Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump and Raymond Green Vance -- were killed in the shooting.

Seventeen others were injured by gunshots, police said. Five others were injured, but not by gunshots. 

Two people are hailed as heroes after taking down the shooter inside the club.

Credit: CSPD
[Top L to R] Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh. [Bottom L to R] Derrick Rump, Raymond Green Vance.

Aldrich was taken to the hospital after the shooting, and was released and booked into jail on Nov. 22. 

The first hearing in the case was Nov. 23, when Aldrich appeared via a video link from the El Paso County jail.

Investigators are still working to determine the motive behind the shooting. 

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