Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was indicted on five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of hate crime
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Richard Fierro, the heroic war veteran who stopped the Colorado club attacker and prevented a massacre. (TWITTER)
The man who last Saturday night shot dead five people in an LGBT club in the US, was subdued by < b>Richard Fierro, a former military officer who was at the premises watching a draq queens show with his family and friends and who knocked down and disarmed the attacker.
“I don't know exactly what I did, I just went into combat mode,” Fierro said in an interview with The New York Times, before adding that at the time he thought only that he had to “kill that guy” before the gunman killed him and his family.
The suspect, a 22-year-old man identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, who is currently in the hospital, was charged Monday with five counts of first degree murderand five others for hate crime.
The event occurred last Saturday at midnight in a place for adults in the state of Colorado called Club Q, which hosts, among other activities, transvestism shows.
According to Fierro's story, which according to the newspaper was 15 years in the ArmyWhen he heard the shots, he got up from the table and went to where the gunman was, who was running towards the patio, where dozens of customers had fled.
When he reached him , grabbed him by a strap on the vest he was wearing, tossed it loose and pounced on him.
Fierro confessed that when he arrived Police were covered in blood and thought they had killed the attacker, who was revived by health care services while officers handcuffed and held Fierro for an hour. (TWITTER)
he recounted, that the man was carrying a military-style rifle and that he tried to take it from him. But then he saw that he was also carrying a gun.
“I took the gun out of his hand and started hitting him over the head, over and over again,” said Fierro, who explained to the New York Times, that after asking for help, a customer took the b>shot the assailant and a drag dancer stomped on him with her heels.
Fierro confessed to the newspaper that when the police arrived he was covered in blood and thought he had killed the attacker, who was revived by the health care services, while the officers handcuffed and held Fierro for an hour.
According to The New York Times, when the police arrived at the premises, Fierro began to yell as if he were again in combat with the army: “There is victims. We have casualties. I need a doctor now. It's all clear.”
When she realized what was happening, she frantically circled in the dark looking for her family and friends. One of them was shot several times in the chest and arm, the other received a bullet wound in the leg.
Anderson Lee Aldrich killed Daniel Aston and Derrick Rump (club employees), as well as Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance, reported Adrián Vásquez, Colorado Springs police chief. (REUTERS)
“He saved a lot of livess,” said Mayor of Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “I was surprised by his humility. I have never come across a person who would do such heroic deeds and be so humble about it.”
The Police explained on Sunday that they received an alert call at around 11:56 p.m. local time and that a few minutes later several patrols went to the scene, where they arrested the attacker and took him into custody.
A total of 25 people were injured and at least 13 were still hospitalized Monday morning.
Anderson Lee Aldrich was killed with the lives of Daniel Aston and Derrick Rump (club employees), as well as Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh and Raymond Green Vance, reported Adrián Vásquez, police chief of Colorado Springs
This Monday, Mayor John Suthers along with other local and state authorities highlighted the actions of war veteran Richard Fierro to prevent an even greater massacre at Club Q.
A total of 25 people were injured and at least 13 were still admitted this Monday morning. (AP)
Fierro, 45, was a member of the US Army until 2013, retiring with the rank of major and with decorations, the New York Times reported.
In an interview with local media, Jessica FierroFierro, the veteran's wife, claimed that her husband was the one who “knocked the shooter down” and “made him drop his weapons,” including a pistol that Fierro used to hit Aldrich. In the midst of “absolute chaos,” Jessica said, her husband took charge, asking for someone to call the police as the former soldier wrestled with Aldrich.
As a result of his actions, Fierro received injuries to his hands, knees and ankles . Jessica and her daughter escaped into the yard, but the woman still received minor injuries and the young woman fractured one of her knees. For his part, the veteran is being treated in case the incident triggered a post-traumatic stress disorder, his wife reported.
In 2021 Aldrich's mother had reported him to the local police precisely for violent behavior and possession of weapons . (REUTERS)
According to the police report, another client of the club, whose name was not disclosed, would have helped Fierro.
In 2021, Aldrich's mother had reported him to the local police precisely for violent behavior and possession of weapons.
(With information from EFE and The New York Times)