The gunman who allegedly opened fire inside a Colorado LGBTQ club on Saturday night, killing five people, had previous run-ins with the law, including threatening his own mother with a pipe bomb.
Anderson Lee Aldrich – who was recovering in a hospital after the attack – had been arrested and charged with first-degree threat and kidnapping in June 2021 for allegedly threatening to detonate an explosive, according to police records.
Aldrich had “several weapons” and ammunition in his possession when he allegedly threatened to unleash carnage, prompting the evacuation of ten homes in the area.
The police did not find any homemade explosives.
Her mother had refused to cooperate with investigators in the case. Aldrich has not been prosecuted, according to local Fox affiliate station KDVR.
The records were sealed, helping him evade any “red flag” laws and potential weapons seizures, according to the Associated Press.
Aldrich himself said the case was dropped in a voicemail he left for the newspaper after calling an editor asking for the story to be deleted or updated.
“There is absolutely nothing there, the case has been dropped and I ask that you delete or update the story,” he said in a voicemail to The Gazette. “The whole case has been thrown out.”
A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said its investigation into the nightclub shooting will also include an investigation into the bomb threat.
Gun control activists questioned whether the red flag law had been used if the deadly tragedy could have been avoided or if it could have at least reported Aldrich to authorities.
“We need heroes beforehand — parents, co-workers, friends who see someone going down this path,” said Colorado State Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora Theater shooting. and sponsored the state’s Red Flag Act passed in 2019. “That should have alerted them, put it on their radar.”
Aldrich reportedly entered Club Q in El Paso County with a long gun just before midnight and immediately opened fire on patrons and employees – until several patrons were able to stop him. bloodshed and control it.
Five people died and 18 were injured, seven of them seriously, according to the police. Investigators are investigating a possible motive and whether hate crime charges are appropriate. The FBI is involved in the investigation.
With post wires.
New York Post