Colorado shooter’s dad said his first concern after attack was if son was gay

Aaron Brink has spoken about the mass shooting said to have involved his son (Picture: CBS 9)

The dad of the Colorado shooter who is accused of killing five people in a gay club said he was relieved to find out his son is ‘not gay’.

Aaron Brink – a former porn star – who lives in Southern California, said being gay did not align with his family’s religious values.

His son, Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, has been accused of shooting five people dead and injuring 18 others in the massacre at a gay club in South Colorado at the weekend.

Speaking to CBS8, Brink, 51, said: ‘They started telling me about the incident, a shooting involving multiple people.

‘And then I go on to find out it’s a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I got scared, ‘Sh*t, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phhhewww’.’

He added: ‘You know Mormons don’t do gay. We don’t do gay. There’s no gays in the Mormon church. We don’t do gay.’ 

The Mormon Church has confirmed that while Aldrich was a member, he has not been active in some time, The Daily Beast reported.

He was also previously on multiple US TV shows speaking about his drug addiction and time as an adult film star.

He said he was relieved as he said his first thought was that his son was gay (Picture:CBS 9)
Brink was a former pornstar who said he thought his son was dead (Picture: Facebook)


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Aldrich opened fire at Club Q shortly before midnight on November 19 before he was subdued by two bystanders.

Aldrich was initially hospitalized with unspecific injuries but was transferred to the El Paso County Jail on Tuesday, according to authorities.

Aldrich appeared in court yesterday for the first time and was slumped in the dock and appeared to be battered and bruised.

Wearing a yellow sleeveless protective jail smock, Aldrich was barely audible answering a few questions.

‘Could the defendant please state his name?’ said Judge Charlotte Ankeny.

Anderson Aldrich,’ the suspect said weakly, hardly appearing awake and with his head resting on his right shoulder.

Aldrich’s answers to a few more questions from the judge could barely be made out. Public defenders Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman stood alongside him.

Ankeny ordered him to be remain held without bail.

Aldrich was released from a hospital and booked into jail on Tuesday.

He was treated for injuries he sustained when Club Q goers tried to disarm him, according to officials. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

Anderson Lee Aldrich appeared in court for the first time this week (Picture: AP)
Aldrich is the grandson of California State Assemblyman Randy Voepel, an ardent Donald Trump supporter (Picture: Twitter)
Hundeds of tributes have been left outside the bar for the five victims in Colorado Springs (Picture: AP)


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Police on Wednesday released a mugshot of Aldrich in which he had multiple bruises and cuts on his face from being pistol whipped and pounded by people fighting back at the club.

Formal charges against Aldrich are expected at his next court date, which has been set for December 6.

He should appear in person, said Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen.

In Brink’s interview with CBS 8 he apologized for his son’s alleged actions and said that there was ‘no excuse for going and killing people.’

‘If you’re killing people, there’s something wrong, it’s not the answer,’ he said.

At the same time, Brink, who is a recovering methamphetamine user, ‘praised his son’s violent behavior.’

‘I told him it works, it is instant and you’ll get immediate results,’ he said.

Brink told the broadcaster that he didn’t know that his son was still alive.

He claims that Aldrich’s mother, Laura Voepel, had called him in 2016 to say that their son had changed their name, then died by suicide.

‘I thought he was dead,’ said Brink.

‘I mourned his loss. I had gone through a meltdown and thought I had lost my son.

‘His mother told me he changed his name because I was in Intervention [a reality tv show] and had been a porno actor.’

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