The Colorado Springs shooting suspect’s father, Anderson Aldrich, said his first reaction when told about the attack at Club Q was to question why his son was in an LGBTQ bar.
Aaron Brink, former porn actor and MMA fighter, tells CBS8 he received a call Sunday night from his son’s public defender saying he was under arrest for a mass shooting.
“They started telling me about the incident, the shooting that involved a lot of people,” Brink said in an interview.
“And then I found out it was a gay bar. I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I was scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phhewww…’”
he told CBS8 his family are Mormons, adding: “We don’t do gays.”
The father said that even though he held anti-gay views, there was no reason for his son to allegedly shoot people at an LGTBQ+ club.
“I’m so sorry guys for your loss,” said Mr Brink. “Regardless of politics, this is human life. I am sorry. My soul is set on you.”
“Life is so fragile, and it’s precious,” he said. “The lives of those people are precious.”
Lawyers for Aldrich said in court documents that the 22-year-old was non-binary and used the pronoun they.
Mr Brink, 48, told the San Diego-based news site that his ex-wife Laura Voepel called him in 2016 to say their son, who was born Nicholas Brink, had changed their name and had died by suicide.
“Her mom told me she changed her name because I was on (reality tv show) Intervention and I used to be a porn actor,” said Brink CBS8.
She continued to believe that her child was dead until six months ago, when she suddenly got a call from Aldrich.
According to Mr Brink’s account, Aldrich was “annoyed” and wanted to “poke the old man”.
He went on to say he taught his son how to fight at a young age and “praised him for violent behavior”.
“I told him it worked. It is instant and you will get immediate results,” said Mr Brink CBS8.
That never includes using a gun, Brink added, even though he believes “the guns are good.” Instead, he taught his son to fight like him.
“For me guns are hands,” said Brink. “I believe in the right to bear arms.”
The father said that as a child, Anderson Aldrich was smart and good with computers.
As Mr Brink and his son spent more time on sight, the father said he felt a growing anger at Aldrich.
“He’s mad at me,” she said.
“He didn’t talk about shooting me,” the father added.
Mr Brink has 58 professional mixed martial arts fights with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and two no contests over 19 years, according to MMAWeekly.com.
He has also appeared in several adult films and reality tv shows Divorce Court.