COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and injuring more than a dozen others at a LGBTQ nightclub is facing murder and hate crime charges, court records show.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, is being held without bond and may be charged with five counts of murder and five counts of committing a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury, though those charges are preliminary and haven’t been filed yet. Authorities on Monday were searching for a motive after the deadly rampage left the community in mourning.

The Colorado Springs Police Department updated Monday the number of people injured in the attack, confirming the five fatalities and saying 17 others sustained gunshot wounds, another person was hurt but not by a gunshot, and another person “was a victim with no visible injuries.” The department asked anyone who was a victim or has information about the attack to contact the FBI.

The two patrons who took down the gunman before he could cause any further harm were identified at an afternoon news conference as Thomas James and Richard Fierro. Mayor John Suthers called them “heroes” and said he was amazed by the humility demonstrated by Fierro, an Army veteran who merely told him, “I was trying to protect my family.”

El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen said the suspect remains hospitalized and will likely make his first court appearance via video in the next few days. The Associated Press reported the shooter used an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon and that a handgun and additional ammunition magazines also were found at the crime scene. 

Aldrich was arrested within minutes of police arriving at Club Q shortly after midnight Saturday, after the patrons tackled him.

Suthers told NBC’s “Today” show the attack “has all the trappings of a hate crime,” then emphasized at the news conference, “We all want to ensure that our community is not defined by this tragedy but by our response to it.” 

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