Less than a day before Colorado Springs mass shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich allegedly opened fire at an LGBT+ nightclub, their mother posted a chilling message about her son on Facebook.

“My son is missing,” wrote Laura Voepel, mother of the 22-year-old mass shooting suspect accused of the Q Club massacre that left five people dead and more than a dozen injured, Inside Edition first reported.

“He took my cell phone and debit card. We have plans and are very excited,” added Ms Voepel.

She also shared the last message her son sent just a day before the deadly shooting: “Get ready to have the best night ever.”

Just before midnight on Saturday, Ms Voepel’s son, Aldrich, allegedly walked into a popular LGBT dance venue in Colorado Springs, and opened fire with a gun he said was legally purchased.

This is just the latest in a series of details about the alleged shooter’s history and personal connections to family members unearthed in the days since the brutal massacre that led many to scrutinize how the 22-year-old could legally purchase firearms.

According to CNN, a law enforcement source said the suspect appeared to have legally purchased the two weapons – a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun – that were allegedly used in Saturday’s deadly attack.

Aldrich, who was allegedly identified as non-binary, is now facing initial charges including five counts of murder along with five counts of committing a crime motivated by bias causing bodily harm for Saturday night’s massacre.

One of the central criticisms about Aldrich’s ability to legally purchase firearms stems from an incident that occurred about a year and a half before they were arrested for their involvement in the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting.

In June 2021, Aldrich, then 21 years old, allegedly threatened their mother with an improvised bomb, forcing neighbors around the house to evacuate while a bomb squad and crisis negotiator persuaded them to surrender.

According to a press release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at the time, Ms Voepel had called 911 and informed them that her son “threatened harm to her with improvised explosive devices, various weapons and ammunition.” The standoff reportedly lasted three hours before police were able to persuade Aldrich and defuse the situation.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, a suspect in the mass shooting that killed five people and injured 17 at an LGBTQ nightclub appears with state public defenders Joseph Archambault and Michael Bowman before a judge during their counsel hearing in video link from prison, slumping to side and in a wheelchair and shows facial injuries in still images from video in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Aldrich was charged with two counts of felony threats and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, but the 21-year-old was never formally charged, and the case was closed, meaning anyone who inquired about the incident would be told “no such record.” ”, said District Attorney Michael Allen on Monday.

“The red flag question is something that I don’t think any of us here are in a position to answer,” Allen said, after being asked by a reporter about Aldrich’s past encounters with law enforcement and how it didn’t fuel the country. laws designed to stop dangerous persons from obtaining such weapons.

“Colorado has very strict sealing laws. Meaning, if a case is filed in a courtroom in the State of Colorado and is dismissed for whatever reason… it is automatically sealed,” he added, before explaining exactly how agents would respond if asked about a sealed case.

“That is a change in the law that occurred in 2019. The same law requires us to provide a very specific answer… to answer the question about it that ‘no such record exists.’”

Mr Allen noted that the 10 counts of “arrest only” first-degree murder and biased felony causing bodily harm will likely be renewed when formal charges are finally filed in court.

On Wednesday, Aldrich made his first appearance in court via video streaming in which the judge denied the 22-year-old suspect’s bail. The motive for the shooting is still being investigated, but authorities say Aldrich faces possible hate crime and murder charges.

The next hearing date is set for December 6 at 8:30 a.m. local time, but that is subject to change due to scheduling conflicts with the defence.