(CNN) – The suspected shooter accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado last month has been officially charged with 305 counts including first-degree murder, attempted murder, Assault and bias-motivated crime.
Anderson Lee AldrichWearing bright yellow prison jumpsuits, he appeared in court Tuesday in person, where Michael Allen, the district attorney for Colorado’s Fourth Circuit, announced the charges.
Aldrich – whose lawyers say he identifies as non-binary and uses she/them pronouns – allegedly entered Club Q late November 19 with an AR-style weapon and pistol and opened fire. Killing of Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh and Derrick Rump. At least 19 others were injured, police said, most of whom sustained gunshot wounds.
The attack was stopped by two patrons who took the suspect down and contained him until police arrived at the club, which was considered a safe place for Colorado Springs’ LGBTQ community.
Aldrich has so far been held on preliminary charges, including five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of a prejudice-motivated felony — known elsewhere as a hate crime — involving assault, according to the El Paso County Court’s online filing. In a November 23 hearing, a judge ordered Aldrich held without bail.
The office of public defender representing Aldrich has previously declined all requests for comment, citing the office’s guidelines.
Aldrich is next due in court on February 22 for a preliminary hearing.
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