Colorado Springs shooting: Maga grandfather hasn’t spoken to suspect for 10 years

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The grandfather of a gunman suspected of murdering five clubgoers at an LGBTQ nightclub claims he hasn’t spoken to him in 10 years, according to reports.

Randy Voepel, a California Assemblyman who spoke out in support of the Jan. 6 riots, has yet to publicly confirm his relationship with Colorado Springs shooting suspect Anderson Aldrich.

According to the Sacramento-based news site KCRA

sources close to the state legislator confirmed that he was the suspect’s biological grandfather and that they had been separated for a decade.

Mr. Voepel’s office says it’s not yet ready to talk about his connection to Mr. Aldrich, KCRA reported.

Several photos on Mr. Voepel’s social media pages show him wearing a MAGA hat, and he previously courted controversy with his response to the Capitol riot.

Days after the Jan. 6 insurrection that left five dead and dozens of police officers injured, the GOP lawmaker compared the rioters to American revolutionaries.

Randy Voepel wears a MAGA hat. He is the grandfather of mass shooting suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich

(Randy Voepel/Twitter)

“It’s Lexington and Concord. First shots fired against tyranny,” he said in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Tyranny will follow following Biden’s January 20 swearing-in.”

Mr. Voepel issued a statement five days after the January 6 attacks to say he neither condoned nor supported the violence.

He had represented California’s 71st Assembly District, which includes parts of San Diego County, since 2016. Due to a redistricting process, Mr. Voepel ran in the 75th Assembly District halfway through last week, where he lost to another Republican, Marie Waldron, by more than 30 points.

Mr. Voepel’s office did not respond to numerous requests for comment from The Independent.

In 2021, Mr Aldrich was arrested after allegedly threatening his mother Laura Voepel with a pipe bomb and other devices.

Sources said KCRA that Mr. Voepel did not intervene in the matter.

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