Colorado authorities filed charges Monday against the 22-year-old suspect who allegedly killed five people and wounded 25 others in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs over the weekend.
Anderson Lee Aldrich is facing five counts of first-degree murder after deliberation and five counts of a hate crime causing bodily harm following the Q Club mass shooting, KDVR reports, citing the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The latest charges suggest authorities are considering the attack a hate crime, KDVR added.
Aldrich, who is currently hospitalized after being taken into custody early Sunday, could be released this afternoon and possibly appear in court today, KDVR also reported, citing District Attorney Michael Allen.
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The mayor of Colorado Springs said Monday that the shooting “has all the makings of a hate crime.”
“We need to look at social media. We need to look at all kinds of additional information that we’re collecting from people who knew the individual before we can make any definitive conclusions about a motivation, but certainly, as I say, it has the trappings of a hate.” crime,” Mayor John Suthers said on NBC’s “Today” show.
This is a developing story.