Mother of Club Q Shooter Detained Day of Attack
While the father may be grabbing headlines for shocking relief his son wasn't gay, the mother of the accused Club Q shooter was detained by local police the day after the attack, according to court records released yesterday, November 29th, 2022.
Laura Voepel, 45, was detained at approximately 3:30 a.m. November 20 at a apartment complex in Colorado Springs, The Denver Post reports. Voepel was charged with resisting arrest, which is a misdemeanor per local law, and disorderly conduct, a petty offense. Police said Voepel was screaming and refused any request to stop, and she then “became combative.”
“Subject continued to make unreasonable noise directly next to multiple apartments,” says a police record quoted by TV station KUSA. “While I attempted to place subject into custody, she became combative by physically resisting officers control by force.”
Linda Voepel happens to be the mother of Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, who is accused of killing five people as well as causing injury to more than 22 others at the LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs shortly before midnight November 19.
Voepel is also the daughter of California Assemblyman Randy Voepel, a Republican who is at the end of his term because he lost his latest reelection bid. Assemblyman Voepel has been a vocal and ardent supporter of Donald Trump and once said th U.S. Capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021 is comparable to the American Revolution. Later, Voepel's office condemned the violence of the insurrection.
Voepel was not taken to jail, but is scheduled to appear in court January 25, 2023. According to reports, she has a record of various criminal charges and a history of mental health challenges.