Colorado gay club shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich identifies as "non-binary" and uses "they/them" pronouns, according to his lawyer.
Watch in real time as CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota sees her network's narrative on the Colorado Springs gay night club shooting come crashing down. She was speechless that the shooter identifies as "non binary": "I don't know what to say about that." pic.twitter.com/mLdsZZlCds
Until six months ago, Aaron Brink thought his son died by suicide.
Brink said his ex-wife called him from Colorado in 2016 to tell him their son, Nicholas Brink, had changed his name to Anderson Aldrich, and had killed himself.
“I thought he was dead. I mourned his loss. I had gone through a meltdown and thought I had lost my son,” Brink told CBS 8.
When Brink asked his ex-wife why their son had changed his name, she blamed it on the father’s involvement in a reality TV show called Intervention, as well as his acting career in the adult film industry.
“His mother told me he changed his name because I was in Intervention and I had been a porno actor,” said Brink.
For six years Brink believed his son was dead, until Aldrich unexpectedly called his father six months ago, and started arguing with him over the phone.
“He’s pissed off. He's pissed off at me. He wants to poke at the old man,” Brink recalled.
Then, two days ago, Brink got a call from his son's defense attorneys, telling him Aldrich was involved in a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
Brink said he's a Mormon and his first reaction was to question why his son was at a gay bar.
“You know Mormons don't do gay. We don't do gay. There's no gays in the Mormon church. We don't do gay,” Brink said.
But when the 48-year-old learned more details of the deadly shooting, he said he was shocked.
“There's no excuse for going and killing people. If you're killing people, there's something wrong. It's not the answer,” he said.
Aldrich was a ticking time bomb who the FBI should have been monitoring 24/7 but Merrick Garland and Chris Wray are spending all their resources on hunting down MAGA grandmas who walked through the Capitol on Jan 6 and "domestic terrorist" parents who speak out at schoolboard meetings.
KKTV reporting these old arrest papers are "likely tied" to Anderson Aldrich, the Club Q shooting suspect. They detail allegations that Aldrich was building a bomb and held his grandparents at gunpoint. They also claim he said he wanted to be a mass shooter. https://t.co/K0KVa9TouRpic.twitter.com/kutePP3bNa
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Only KKTV 11 News has obtained old arrest papers, and in them, a man reportedly told his family that he wanted to be the next mass killer.
Sources confirm to 11 News the man in the arrest papers is the same man as the accused Club Q gunman. Investigators will not confirm if the accused gunman is tied to the arrest of a man with the same exact name, and same exact birthday back in the summer of 2021. The old case is not showing up in public court records. The records appear to be sealed. There's no public record that Anderson Lee Aldrich was arrested in the summer of 2021.
In the three-page affidavit from 2021, investigators believe Aldrich told his family he planned to carry out a mass shooting. About 18 months ago, the arrest papers add deputies were called out to a home near Marksheffel and Fontaine.
Sources tell us Aldrich lived with his grandparents. Arrests papers state after his grandparents told him they were selling their home, Aldrich held them at gunpoint. The papers go on to say Aldrich said if they moved it would interfere with his plans to carry out a mass shooting and bombing.
Aldrich's grandma told investigators her grandson had bragged about, "wanting to go out in a blaze." The arrest papers add Aldrich showed his grandparents a full box of chemicals and said it was powerful enough to blow up a police department and a federal building.
The FBI must have not been interested in following the case after hearing Aldrich identified as a "they."