Shooter, Anderson Lee Aldrich, once threatened to kill his mother, Laura Voepel, with homemade bomb before shooting at Club Q Colorado Springs.
The active-shooter burst into the nightclub with a long rifle and opened fire inside just before midnight, Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant Pamela Castro said in an early morning news conference on November 20. Aldrich was subdued by heroic patrons, who were credited with saving lives, Castro said. One disarmed Aldrich and beat him with the suspect’s own gun, according to NPR.
Heavy has confirmed that Aldrich is the grandson of outgoing Republican State Assemblymember Randy Voepel, the former mayor of Santee, California. Voepel represents the 71st district in the San Diego area. There were calls to expel Voepel from the state Assembly after he made comments comparing the January 6 attacks to the Revolutionary War. Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, has written posts praising Randy Voepel on Facebook and confirming he is her father.
“This is Lexington and Concord. First shots fired against tyranny,” Randy Voepel, who was defeated in a Republican primary in August 2022, said in a San Diego Union-Tribune article three days after January 6. “Tyranny will follow in the aftermath of the Biden swear-in on January 20th.” According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voepel “later tweeted that he condemned violence and lawlessness.” Voepel and his office did not immediately respond to requests for comments from Heavy.
Around 2:00 p.m. on June 19, 2021, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a bomb threat on Rubicon Drive in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood, just south of the Colorado Springs Airport.
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Despite deputies’ orders, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 21, refused to surrender. According to the Sheriff’s Office, he was discovered with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition.
A Tactical Support Unit, which included the Regional Explosives Unit, was dispatched.
Residents within a quarter-mile radius of the address received an emergency text message, and ten homes in the surrounding area were evacuated.
In June 2021, a man with the same name and age in connection with a bomb threat that forced residents of the Lorson Ranch neighborhood in southeast Colorado Springs to evacuate for about three hours, according to an earlier report by BNNUS.