FOOTAGE has emerged showing the chilling moment the alleged Colorado gunman warned “today I die” and threatened to blow up his mother’s home into “holy hell.”
A year before 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly entered an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado and opened fire, killing five and injuring at least 19, he was arrested on a bomb threat, police said.
Video obtained by CNN and AP shows a chilling altercation between Aldrich and police before his arrest in June 2021.
Footage shows the 22-year-old arriving at his mother’s doorstep with a large black bag, telling her the police are nearby and adding: “Here I am. Today I die.”
Later, two squad cars and what appears to be a bomb squad car pull up in front of the house, and a barefoot Aldrich emerges with his hands up.
“I’ve got these fucking shitheads out there, look at this, they’re after me,” Aldrich said.
“See that right there? Damn shit heads got their damn guns out.”
“If they break through, I’m going to blow it to hell,” Aldrich threatened as he entered and exited a bedroom.
“So, uh, come on and come on in guys! Let’s fucking see it!”
Police said they received a call from a mother who said her son had “threatened to harm her with a homemade bomb, multiple guns and ammunition”.
The mother was not at home at the time – and the police had to evacuate ten houses in the area.
Aldrich eventually surrendered to police and was charged with two counts of felony threats and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, police said.
The county sheriff’s office at the time said no explosives were found in the home — but didn’t mention whether guns were seized.
It’s not clear why police or relatives didn’t try to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” law, which would have allowed authorities to confiscate all guns.
No formal charges have been filed against Aldrich, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.
Aldrich’s arrest in connection with the bomb threat would not have surfaced during background checks, law enforcement officials said, because the charges were dropped.
Leslie Bowman, who owns the home where the mother lived, said, “If the justice system had enforced something, anything … he probably wouldn’t have had access to get a gun and five people wouldn’t have died.”
Colorado State Assemblyman Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora Theater shooting and sponsored the state’s red flag law, said: “We need heroes beforehand — parents, co-workers, friends who see, like someone.” go this way.
“That should have alerted them and put him on their radar.”
The suspect is reportedly related to Republican California State Assemblyman Randy Voepel.
Social media posts under the name of Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, viewed by The Sun appear to confirm the connection.
“Keep up the good work Dad~~ You work hard to make our lives better and many of us take notice,” Laura wrote in an April 2020 post.
“For my off-road friends! My dad is all about recreational vehicles. Go Randy,” read a 2017 post.
Republican is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and was vocal in support of the January 6th riots at the Capitol in Washington DC last year.
At the time, the state assemblyman told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the uprising resembled America’s Revolutionary War.
“This is Lexington and Concord. First shots against tyranny,” Voepel said days after the uprising.
Horror shoot details emerge
As reported by The US Sun, two clubgoers who bravely fought and disarmed the shooting suspect in the horrific Colorado Springs shooting spree have been identified.
Army veteran Richard M. Fierro, who was one of two people who helped bring the suspect down, said, “I have to kill this guy before he kills us.”
Fierro was with his wife, daughter, and a few friends at Club Q in Colorado Springs watching a drag show when gunfire erupted at the nightclub.
A 15-year veteran who served four rounds as an army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said his instincts kicked in and told him to fight back.
“I don’t know exactly what I did, I just went into fight mode,” he told the New York Times.
“All I know is that I have to kill this guy before he kills us.”
Fierro said he hit the ground early in the shooting, dragging a friend with him as he saw the gunman walk across the room and towards a patio where many of the bar patrons had been running.
With the help of another man, Thomas James, Fierro was able to subdue the suspected gunman.
The veteran said he ran across the room and grabbed the gunman by the handle on the back of his body armor, pulled him to the ground and jumped on him.
“Did he shoot then? Did he want to shoot? I don’t know,” Fierro said.
Aldrich was hospitalized after the shooting.
He now faces five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of one count of prejudice-motivated felony causing bodily harm in connection with the shooting, according to El Paso district courts.
The victims identified in the tragedy are Ashley Laugh, 35, a mother who helped foster children find homes; Daniel Aston, 28, a bartender and entertainer who worked at the club; Kelly Loving, 40, who was described as “caring and sweet” by her sister; and Derrick Rump, 38, who also worked as a bartender and is known for his quick wits.
In a statement, Vance’s family said he is adored by his family and the 22-year-old recently got a job at FedEx.
He had hoped to save enough money to get an apartment of his own.
“My boys are gone. Please take care of each other. Love you both so much,” a Club Q staffer wrote in an online tribute.
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