Video shows Colorado gay club shooting suspect being arrested at home in 2021

PICTURED: Colorado Springs gay club gunman, 22, is seen surrendering to cops after bomb threat to his MOM – one year before he entered club with ‘tremendous firepower’ and killed five

  • Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is suspected of murdering five people and injuring others at Club Q on Saturday 
  • In June 2021, he was arrested at the home his mother was renting on suspicion of making threats 
  • His mother, Laura Voepel, called 911 claiming he’d threatened to blow her up with a homemade bomb
  • It’s unclear if he legally owned any weapons at the time or if he was able to purchase his guns afterwards
  • Aldrich was beaten by patrons inside the club and held until police arrived at the scene
  • He remains in the hospital today and has not yet been formally charged but that is expected shortly  

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The suspect in Saturday’s mass shooting at a gay club in Colorado can be seen for the first time in Ring camera footage from his June 2021 arrest, when he was taken into custody after threatening to kill his mother. 

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22,  was taken into custody at the house where his mother, Laura Voepel, was renting a room in June 2021 in Colorado Springs. She called police claiming her son was threatening her, and he was taken into custody on charges of kidnapping and felony menacing. 

The charges were later dropped and Aldrich was released from custody. On Saturday, he is accused of opening fire in Club Q just before midnight, murdering five people and injuring others. 

The club’s owners say he arrived with ‘tremendous firepower’ – an AR-15 rifle, six magazines of ammo and a handgun. 

Patrons used the handgun he was carrying to beat him to the ground until police arrived. The sheriff’s department has not yet released his mugshot. 

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Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was taken into custody at the house where his mother, Laura Voepel, was renting a room in June 2021 in Colorado Springs

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was taken into custody at the house where his mother, Laura Voepel, was renting a room in June 2021 in Colorado Springs

Aldrich was taken into custody barefoot and wearing shorts and a shirt. The charges were later dropped and he was released , despite his mother telling officials she feared he was dangerous

Aldrich was taken into custody barefoot and wearing shorts and a shirt. The charges were later dropped and he was released , despite his mother telling officials she feared he was dangerous

Aldrich was taken into custody barefoot and wearing shorts and a shirt. The charges were later dropped and he was released , despite his mother telling officials she feared he was dangerous

Weeks after the incident, Aldrich's mother Laura asked women in her church group if they could recommend a 'fantastic defense attorney'. It's unclear if she was referring to her son's case, but the timing would suggest so

Weeks after the incident, Aldrich’s mother Laura asked women in her church group if they could recommend a ‘fantastic defense attorney’. It’s unclear if she was referring to her son’s case, but the timing would suggest so 

Photos believed to be of Aldrich that had appeared on his mother’s social media account have now been taken offline. 

He is still in the hospital and is yet to be charged with the attack. 

His grandfather is also said to be a MAGA Republican lawmaker who praised the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol last year.

Aldrich's mother, Laura Voepel, called 911 claiming he was threatening to kill her

Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, called 911 claiming he was threatening to kill her 

Two of the victims have been named as Derrick Rump and Daniel Aston, a 28-year-old trans man, who both worked in the club as bartenders. 

Leslie Bowman, who rented the room to his mother, told DailyMail.com that Anderson did not live with her. 

He instead lived nearby with his grandmother and her husband. His grandfather, Randy Voepel, is a Republican Assemblyman in California. 

No one from the suspect’s family has commented on the allegations against him. 

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is now facing criticism for its handling of the 2021 case. 

Bowman, who rented the room to Aldrich’s mother, told DailyMail.com that he lived with his grandparents. 

They are Pamela Pullen and her husband Jonathan.

Aeron Laney, 24, was at the club for the first time, having just moved to Colorado Springs.

She described a small club where everyone seemed to know each other, the kind of place she knew she would fit right in.

Derrick Rump (left) and Daniel Aston (right) were among the five killed Saturday night at Club Q in the seemingly premediated attack, carried out by a single gunman armed with an AR-15

Derrick Rump (left) and Daniel Aston (right) were among the five killed Saturday night at Club Q in the seemingly premediated attack, carried out by a single gunman armed with an AR-15

People hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near the Club Q nightclub on Sunday night after the horror shooting

People hold a vigil at a makeshift memorial near the Club Q nightclub on Sunday night after the horror shooting

A pair of mourners were emotional at a vigil held outside Club Q in Colorado Springs last night as they remembered the victims of the tragedy

A pair of mourners were emotional at a vigil held outside Club Q in Colorado Springs last night as they remembered the victims of the tragedy

The shooting is now being investigated as a hate crime, leaving members of local LGBTQ community devastated

The shooting is now being investigated as a hate crime, leaving members of local LGBTQ community devastated

‘Everyone was just having a good time and smiling and laughing,’ she told AFP, tearfully looking at the bank of flowers growing outside the club.

‘I just can’t wrap my head around somebody just walking in and seeing people that are so happy and so comfortable in their community and just wanting to end that.’

Laney and her friend Justin Godwin left minutes before the gunman stormed in.

‘Maybe the guy was already there. Like was he in the parking lot… just planning it?’ Godwin, 25, said. ‘It’s just terrifying.’

US President Joe Biden condemned the attack, slamming violence against the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender women of color.

‘We must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people. We cannot and must not tolerate hate,’ he said.

Joshua Thurman, a survivor of the Club Q shooting Saturday night, was seen wiping away tears on Sunday

Joshua Thurman, a survivor of the Club Q shooting Saturday night, was seen wiping away tears on Sunday

A worker at Club Q, which is billed as a ‘happening gay nightclub’ on its website, paid tribute to his two slain colleagues Sunday, sharing a picture of Rump and Aston to Facebook.

The post featured a photo of the pair behind Club Q’s bar, as well as an accompanying caption mourning the loss.

‘My boys are gone,’ the tribute read. ‘Plz (sic) take care of each other. I love you both so much.’

A friend of Rump also posted a tribute to his late friend, who, like Aston, was a member of the local LGBTQ community. 

‘Two beautiful souls were taken from us last night,’ the poster wrote, adding that while he did not know Aston well, ‘both [would] be missed.’

The poster would go on to paint a picture of Rump from accounts of those who knew him, describing him as ‘an amazing person with a big heart.’  

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