Mother of Club Q suspect detained day after mass shooting at Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub

Elise Schmelzer
The Denver Post
A 22-year-old gunman entered Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, killing five people and injuring at least 25 others, according to police, on Nov. 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs.
RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

The mother of the person suspected of a mass shooting inside a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub was detained by police hours after the shooting, court records filed Monday show.

Colorado Springs police detained and ticketed Laura Voepel, 45, about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 20 on suspicion of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for unreasonable noise, online court records show. Voepel is the mother of Anderson Lee Aldrich, who is in jail on suspicion of killing five just before midnight on Nov. 19 in the shooting at Club Q. More than 20 people were injured.

Voepel was detained for refusing to stop yelling in an apartment complex, according to police records. She then “became combative” with officers trying to take her into custody. Denver television station KDVR first reported the citation.

Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor and disorderly conduct is a petty offense.

Voepel is scheduled to appear in El Paso County Court on Jan. 25 for her arraignment.

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