Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect Faces Murder, Hate Crime Charges

annabenedetti

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Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect Faces Murder Charges

The suspect was also being held on hate crimes charges. Five people died in the rampage inside a gay nightclub, and 18 were injured before the gunman was subdued by patrons.

COLORADO SPRINGS — Investigators filed murder and hate crimes charges on Monday against the suspect accused of shooting up an L.G.B.T.Q. nightclub in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, killing five people. At least 25 were injured in the mayhem before the gunman was subdued by patrons, according to the authorities and the club’s owners. . . .

Richard M. Fierro said he was at a table in Club Q with his wife, daughter and friends on Saturday, watching a drag show, when the sudden flash of gunfire ripped across the nightclub. His instincts from four combat deployments as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan instantly kicked in. Fight back, he told himself.

In an interview at his house, where his wife and daughter were still recovering from injuries, Mr. Fierro, 45, who left the Army in 2013 as a major, according to military records, described charging through the chaos at the club, tackling the gunman and beating him bloody with the gunman’s own gun. . . .

When the shooting started, Mr. Fierro said, he hit the floor, pulling a friend down with him. As bullets sprayed, he saw the gunman move through the bar toward a door leading to a patio where dozens of bar patrons had fled. Mr. Fierro, who served in the Army for 15 years, said he raced across the room, grabbed the gunman by a handle on the back of his body armor, pulled him to the floor and jumped on top of him.

“Was he shooting at the time? Was he about to shoot? I don’t know,” Mr. Fierro said. “I just knew I had to take him down.”

The gunman, who Mr. Fierro estimated weighed more than 300 pounds, sprawled onto the floor, his military-style rifle landing just out of reach. Mr. Fierro started to go for the rifle, but then saw that the gunman had a pistol as well.

“I grabbed the gun out of his hand and just started hitting him in the head, over and over,” Mr. Fierro said. . . .



Already questions were being raised about why authorities didn't seek to take the suspect's guns away from him in 2021, when he was arrested after his mother reported he threatened her with a homemade bomb and other weapons.

Though authorities at the time said no explosives were found, gun control advocates are asking why police didn't try to trigger Colorado's "red flag" law, which would have allowed authorities to seize the weapons his mother says he had. There's also no public record prosecutors ever moved forward with felony kidnapping and menacing charges against the suspect.

Accused Colorado Springs shooter is grandson of California Assemblyman Randy Voepel

 

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There have been more than 600 mass shootings so far in 2022


There have been more than 600 mass shootings so far this year in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
A shooter opened fire late Tuesday at a Walmart in the Tidewater area of Virginia, killing five people. The attack comes days after five people were killed and 18 more injured in a shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, and about a week after a shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville left three dead.

Mass shootings — where four or more people, not including the shooter, are injured or killed — have averaged more than one per day so far this year. Not a single week in 2022 has passed without at least four mass shootings.
 

ok doser

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There have been more than 600 mass shootings so far in 2022


There have been more than 600 mass shootings so far this year in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
A shooter opened fire late Tuesday at a Walmart in the Tidewater area of Virginia, killing five people. The attack comes days after five people were killed and 18 more injured in a shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, and about a week after a shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville left three dead.

Mass shootings — where four or more people, not including the shooter, are injured or killed — have averaged more than one per day so far this year. Not a single week in 2022 has passed without at least four mass shootings.
And 90% of them are black on black shootings that get no media attention
 

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Richard Fierro is receiving a torrent of online hate.
Yeah, like Poso saying: “Are we just not supposed to talk about the US Army Major taking his family down to the local drag club for a night out?”

A real "torrent of hate and harassment" from an "extremist."

Heroes don't take their kids to drag shows.

There was no "concerted and consistent response" to "question" the killings.

What Vice has run there is called divisive propaganda. And you're part of the problem for spreading it.
 

ok doser

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Yeah, like Poso saying: “Are we just not supposed to talk about the US Army Major taking his family down to the local drag club for a night out?”
Seems like a reasonable question to ask
A real "torrent of hate and harassment" from an "extremist."
The bananahead does like to sensationalize this sort of thing. I suspect it's her female hormones driving her
Heroes don't take their kids to drag shows.
Right?
What Vice has run there is called divisive propaganda. And you're part of the problem for spreading it.
That seems to be her main purpose for posting here nowadays. I wonder if she gets paid.
 

annabenedetti

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Yeah, like Poso saying: “Are we just not supposed to talk about the US Army Major taking his family down to the local drag club for a night out?”

A real "torrent of hate and harassment" from an "extremist."

Yeah exactly.

Heroes don't take their kids to drag shows.

This one did.

There was no "concerted and consistent response" to "question" the killings.

What Vice has run there is called divisive propaganda. And you're part of the problem for spreading it.
You wouldn’t recognize it if you saw it, who are you trying to kid?

Too bad.
 

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You wouldn’t recognize it if you saw it,
Vice.

Here's an example of actual reporting:


Looking up from the floor, Fierro saw the shooter’s body armor and the crowd that had fled to the club’s patio.

Moving toward the attacker, Fierro grasped the body armor, yanked the shooter down while yelling at another patron, Thomas James, to move the rifle out of reach.

As the shooter was pinned under a barrage of punches from Fierro and kicks to the head from James, he tried to reach for his pistol.

Fierro grabbed it and used it as a bludgeon.

“I tried to finish him,” he said.

When a performer who was there for the drag show ran by, Fierro told them to kick the gunman.

The performer stuffed a high-heeled shoe in the attacker’s face, Fierro said.

“I love them,” Fierro said of the city’s LGBTQ community. “I have nothing but love.”

Fierro served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and said he has dealt with violence.

That is what he signed up for.

“Nobody in that club asked to do this,” he said, but everyone “is going to have to live with it now.”



Notice how it simply recounts what the person said and doesn't demand a political response, leaving anything like that up to the reader?

You know ... journalism.

Oh, wait. You don't. You think Vice is a legitimate news source.
 
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Arthur Brain

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"The Colorado shooter’s dad: 'I praised him for violent behavior really early. I told him it works... You’ll get immediate results.' He then went on to praise the Colorado shooter’s grandpa, a MAGA Republican politician named Randy Voepel who supported the January 6 insurrection."
He embodies the pathetic all ends up, it's cringe worthy and embarrassing to watch. Chances are he was raised with equally pathetic parents.
 

Arthur Brain

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There have been more than 600 mass shootings so far in 2022


There have been more than 600 mass shootings so far this year in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
A shooter opened fire late Tuesday at a Walmart in the Tidewater area of Virginia, killing five people. The attack comes days after five people were killed and 18 more injured in a shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, and about a week after a shooting at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville left three dead.

Mass shootings — where four or more people, not including the shooter, are injured or killed — have averaged more than one per day so far this year. Not a single week in 2022 has passed without at least four mass shootings.
It was 607 yesterday. It actually changed from 606 on live BBC when another incident came in.

Still, not really a big deal to some really...
 

Arthur Brain

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Yeah, like Poso saying: “Are we just not supposed to talk about the US Army Major taking his family down to the local drag club for a night out?”

A real "torrent of hate and harassment" from an "extremist."

Heroes don't take their kids to drag shows.

There was no "concerted and consistent response" to "question" the killings.

What Vice has run there is called divisive propaganda. And you're part of the problem for spreading it.
"Poso" is a far right extremist, a complete wingnut in fact. How do you not know this already?


Well, then again, he's probably "reasonable" to you...
 
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