Suspect accused of murdering five people at an LGBTQ nightclub appeared to suffer multiple facial and head injuries before being booked into jail, booking photos showed Wednesday.
The Colorado Springs Police Department released the photos Wednesday afternoon, hours after suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, appeared in court following Saturday’s Club Q shooting.
Aldrich appeared to have cuts all over his face, a black, swollen left eye and a large bruise behind his left ear, police photos showed.
Aldrich made a virtual appearance from jail before 4th District Court Judge Charlotte Ankeny.
During the court hearing, Aldrich wore a protective sleeveless prison gown, he seemed to be in a wheelchair.
The defendant, identified by public defenders as a non-binary person who uses the pronouns they/them, appeared lethargic with his head cocked to the right.
Aldrich was barely audible when the judge asked for identification.
According to officials, the suspect was released from the hospital and transferred to prison on Tuesday. The accused shooter had to be treated after being disarmed by clubgoers, although the extent of his injuries is unknown.
It’s been almost four days since five people were killed at Club Q.
Aldrich was charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five more counts of allegedly committing those crimes as part of a biased attack.
A suspect is accused of walking into a Colorado Springs LGBT club late Saturday night with a high-powered rifle and opening fire.
The carnage could have been worse had it not been for the quick actions of Army veteran Richard Fierro, 45, and another man who lunged at Aldrich stop shootingofficials said.
Ankeny ordered Aldrich held without bail during a brief preliminary hearing in El Paso County on Wednesday.
Ankeny also ordered prosecutors to provide a sealed arrest warrant to Aldrich’s attorneys.
“I will release the affidavit to the defense attorneys and their investigator with a protective order so that it will not be released any further,” she ruled.
A judge set Aldrich’s next trial date for Dec. 6, but that could still change, she said, because one of the defendant’s attorneys could be in court that day.