The suspect in Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store has been charged.
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, of Arvada, Colorado, is facing 10 counts of first-degree murder for the monstrous massacre, The Hill reported.
Rampage ends in surrender to police
Alissa is accused of opening fire inside of a Kings Soopers some 30 miles from Arvada. The rampage, which started around 2:30 p.m, lasted an hour, The Denver Post reported. The shooter surrendered to police with a bloody leg following a gunfight, and was jailed Tuesday after a hospital visit.
He is accused of having killed 10 people ranging in age from 20 to 65, including a police officer and father of seven who was the first to respond to the shooting, Eric Talley, 51.
“He died charging into the line of fire to save people who were simply trying to live their lives and go food shopping, and the man who gunned them down will be held fully responsible,” said Michael Dougherty, the Boulder County District Attorney, at a Tuesday press conference.
The victims are: Talley; Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.
No motive, as sketch emerges of suspect
As America grieves the victims, it is still not clear what prompted this senseless violence. The police have not commented on a motive yet, but a sketch has emerged from the suspect’s brother and former high school classmates of a disturbed loner with a violent temper.
Alissa, who migrated from Syria as a child, complained on Facebook about not being able to find a girlfriend and was described by those who know him as paranoid about being profiled for his Muslim background. “He would talk about him being Muslim and how if anybody tried anything, he would file a hate crime and say they were making it up,” said a former wrestling teammate, Dayton Marvel.
In 2018, he was convicted for assault after attacking a classmate who had called him “racial names.” He also complained about Donald Trump and “Islamophobia” online, and was reportedly known to the FBI, the Daily Mail reported.
Suspect will be in court tomorrow
Alissa will make his first appearance in court on Thursday.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) vowed to “hold the evildoer responsible to the full extent of the law for his actions.”
Colorado abolished the death penalty in 2020.