Voepel drew calls for ouster after he likened the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack to Revolutionary War battles “firing first shots against tyranny.”
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Assemblyman Randy Voepel, via his social media
Updated Nov. 21 with details on charges filed against suspect
November 20, 2022 (Santee) – The mass shooting suspect accused of killing five people and wounding at least 25 more at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs last night is the grandson of local Assemblyman Randy Voepel, former Santee Mayor, the independent media outlet Heavy.com reports.
Voepel lost his reelection bid to Assemblymember Marie Waldron, a fellow Republican whom he squared off against due to redistricting. ECM has reached out to a Voepel staffer seeking comments but has not yet received a response.
The suspect, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, is the son of Laura Voepel, 44, a support engineer from California who has worked as a support engineer in Colorado Springs for the past several years. On Facebook, she praised her father in April 2020, stating, “Keep up the work, Dad – You work hard to improve our lives and a lot of us take notice…California State Assemblymember representing the 71st District in San Diego & Riverside Counties. Husband. Grandfather. Veteran.”