The suspect in the Club Q mass shooting changed his name just before his 16th birthday, court documents show.
Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, was Nicholas Franklin Brink until 2016 when, for reasons unknown, he applied to change his name.
The case was filed in Bexar County, Texas, where he may have lived at the time, and names two of his family members as petitioners.
In 2021, a man with the same name, age and date of birth as Aldrich was arrested after he allegedly threatened to harm his mother with “a pipe bomb, multiple weapons and ammunition,” according to a statement. Press release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs.
The 21-year-old man was booked on suspicion of two counts of felony threatening and three counts of first-degree kidnapping. Aldrich was also 21 years old at the time.
When asked about the 2021 criminal case, a spokesperson for the Attorney’s Office for Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District, which includes El Paso County, told NBC News it was part of the criminal investigation into the mass shooting in club Q
“Additional information will be released as appropriate,” spokesman Howard Black said. He did not specify the charging decision or the charges in the case.
Police also would not officially link the shooting suspect to the case involving Anderson Lee Aldrich, then 21.
At this point, it is not immediately clear how the case was adjudicated, if a sentence was recommended, or if the case was dropped or delayed. Official documents related to the case are not readily available.
Because a formal trial in the 2021 case is unclear, there is no way to know if Aldrich would have been considered a person prohibited from carrying a weapon under federal law.
A gunman entered a Colorado Springs LGBTQ club and immediately began shooting with a semi-automatic rifle Saturday, killing five people and wounding 19, authorities said.
The suspect, identified by authorities as Aldrich, was arrested on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of hate or bias crimes.
in a cheep On Tuesday, the Colorado Springs Police Department said it had “turned over custody of the Q Club suspect to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at the jail.”
CORRECTION (November 22, 2022 2:12 pm): An earlier version of this article erroneously stated the number of people injured at Club Q. It is 19, no more than two dozen.
frank polly Y matthew mulligan contributed.