Judge Warned In 2021 Of Gay Bar Attacker’s Shootout Plans

  • More than a year before the mass shooting at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub, a judge raised concerns about the defendant’s stockpile of weapons and explosives and apparent plans for a shootout.
  • That warning came after the alleged nightclub shooter, Anderson Aldrich, was charged a year earlier with kidnapping relatives, including his grandparents in 2021.
  • Judge Robin Chittum said in August 2021 that Aldrich’s struggles with mental illness during a hearing at which the judge said Aldrich needed treatment or “it’s going to be so bad.”
  • That revelation, along with advance warnings that authorities are known to have had about Aldrich’s increasingly violent behavior, raised more questions about whether the recent mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs could have been prevented.
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