Colorado Springs suspect’s father makes homophobic remarks in interview | Colorado

The father of the suspected Colorado Springs shooter has sparked backlash over comments he made regarding the armed attack at the LGTBQ+ bar that killed five and injured 17.

In a series of interviews, Aaron Brink told CBS8 San Diego that when he first received a phone call from his child’s public advocate, his first reaction was to ask why his child was in the club.

And then I keep finding out that it’s a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I freaked out, ‘Shit, is he gay?’

His comments sparked outrage online, and he condemned Brink for being relieved that his child was “Just a mass murderer, not a homosexual“.

Brink, a mixed martial arts coach, told CBS8 that he taught his child to fight, saying he had been praised for “violent behavior very early on. I told him it works. It’s immediate and you get immediate results.”

The alleged attacker, identified in court papers as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, was ordered to be held without bail at a preliminary court hearing on Wednesday. The suspect sat reclining in a chair, showing facial and neck bruises apparently sustained during a violent arrest by the club’s patrons.

Prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges. Defense attorneys said the suspect is not binary and uses their pronouns.

Of the 17 gunshot wounds in the attack, officials said, 11 remained hospitalized late Wednesday night. Those killed in the attack were named Raymond Green Vance, 22; Ashley Pugh, 35; Daniel Aston, 28; Kelly Loving, 40; and Derek Rump, 38.

Brink, who lives in San Diego and is also known by his stage name, Dick Delaware, told the station that his family was Mormon and that he He is a conservative Republican.

“We don’t have gay sex,” he said in the interview, adding that even though he held homophobic views, there was no excuse for shooting people in a club.

Aldrich faces possible murder and hate crime charges.

“I’m so sorry guys for your loss,” said Brink. Politics aside, it’s human life. I’m so sorry. My soul is with you. “

In a later interview, Brink said he did not know Aldrich was not bi. ‘What does that mean?’ I’m not homophobic or anything – but to find such a thing – I didn’t know.”

“As a child, he was taken away β€” not by me,” Brink, 48, continued, explaining that he wasn’t raising his son, adding, “My ex-wife didn’t want my son around. I was an adult movie star.”

After seeing the violence Aldrich allegedly unleashed inside Q Nightclub four days earlier, Brink said he wishes he could be more involved with his child, whose grandparents have petitioned a Texas court to change his name to erase “any connections” to his birth father.

β€œIt let him down. I’m sorry, Nicholas or Anderson,” Brink said later. Fight like a man, shake hands afterward, and you’re done. This is it. do not go there. You don’t kill people.”

Brink’s comments came amid questions about warning signs we may have missed. Last year, Aldrich was arrested after police said he threatened to bomb his mother’s home in El Paso, Texas, where he lived.

According to a press release from the El Paso County sheriff, Aldrich threatened his mother with “a homemade bomb and multiple weapons and ammunition.” Aldrich was charged with felony threat and kidnapping in connection with the bomb threat but the charges were not pursued.

For reasons that remain unclear, the incident failed to trigger Colorado’s “red flag” laws that would have allowed authorities to confiscate Aldrich’s weapons.

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