Anderson Lee Aldrich, the perpetrator of the 2022 mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, has been indicted on federal hate crime charges, according to recent court filings.

The 23-year-old had already pleaded guilty to state charges of five counts of murder and 46 counts of attempted murder, along with two counts of bias-motivated crimes, for the attack that claimed five lives in November 2022.

Following a life sentence in state prison, Aldrich was transferred to the Wyoming State Penitentiary. The recent development in the federal court adds significant gravity to the case, with Aldrich facing five federal hate crime enhancements, including murder with a firearm charge and 69 additional charges of attempted murder or violent crime commission.


Represented by a federal public defender, Aldrich has entered a guilty plea in the federal case as well. A plea deal negotiated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office stipulates “multiple concurrent life sentences plus 190 years of consecutive sentencing.” The total federal charges amount to 74, half of which are tied to alleged hate crimes.

The Club Q shooting, which targeted a key LGBTQ+ venue in Colorado Springs, resulted in the tragic loss of Daniel Aston (28), Kelly Loving (40), Ashley Paugh (35), Derrick Rump (38), and Raymond Green Vance (22). Seventeen others were injured by gunfire, with Aldrich being apprehended by patrons and subsequently arrested by the police.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado highlighted Aldrich’s use of digital platforms and interstate services to acquire the weaponry and equipment for the attack. Despite the possibility of life imprisonment or the death penalty for the murder charges, the plea agreement confirms that the death penalty is not being sought in this case.

As the legal process continues, the Club Q community is looking forward to a new chapter, with plans to reopen the establishment under the name “The Q” in early 2024.