The man suspected of killing five and wounding 18 after opening fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs is non-binary, their defense attorney wrote in court filings Tuesday.
Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman, the state’s public defenders for suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich, filed a series of motions Tuesday and included a footnote about Aldrich’s identity.
“Anderson Aldrich is non-binary,” the footnote states. “They use they/them pronouns and for all formal applications they will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.”
Aldrich has been taken into custody on suspicion of murder and bias-motivated crimes in connection with the shooting at Club Q late Saturday night.
Officials have refused to answer questions about what evidence suggests the shooting was a hate crime.
Aldrich, who was injured after being attacked by patrons who stopped the shooting, was released from a Colorado Springs hospital Tuesday and booked into the El Paso County Jail.
They are scheduled to make their first court appearance almost from prison on Wednesday.