Rockers react to Colorado Springs shooting at LGBTQ nightclub

Several members of the rock and metal community have responded to the fatal shooting that took place on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 19 at a nightclub in Colorado Springs.

According to NPR22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich was taken into custody by authorities shortly after the tragedy occurred at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said the suspect used a long rifle when he opened fire inside the club before several patrons subdued him. Five people were killed and at least 25 were injured as a result of the shooting, and two firearms were recovered at the scene.

Police are investigating whether the shooting constitutes a hate crime, as Vasquez said Club Q has long been considered a “safe haven” for Colorado Springs’ LGBTQ residents. In addition, the shooting took place the night before Transgender Day of Remembrancewhich honors victims of anti-transgender violence.

The suspect’s name and date of birth reportedly match a person arrested over a bomb threat in June 2021, as noted by CNN. The arrest took place at the suspect’s mother’s home in Colorado Springs after she alerted authorities that her son had “threatened to harm her with a homemade bomb, multiple guns and ammunition.” Police said he “refused to comply with orders to surrender,” so they had to evacuate other homes in the neighborhood.

“Everything I’ve heard indicates it’s the same person,” Colorado Gov. stated Jared Polis.

Additional reports say the suspect is the grandson of California State Assemblyman Randy Voepel [via¬†Times of San Diego], and that his daughter Laura Voepel is the suspect’s mother. The assemblyman had previously been convicted of comparing Jan. 6 Riots at the Capitol for the American Revolution.

“This is Lexington and Concord. The first shots fired against tyranny,” he told The San Diego Union-Tribune days after the riot. “Tyranny will follow in the wake of the Biden oath on January 20.”

Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba, All that’s leftPhil Labonte and Palaye Royale‘s Sebastian Danzig is among the rockers who have shared their feelings about the Colorado Springs shooting on social media. See their responses below.

Loudwire sends our deepest condolences to all families affected by this attack.

Matt Skiba – Alkaline Trio

Phil Labonte – All That’s Left

Sebastian Danzig – Palaye Royale

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