The suspect was arrested at the scene and has been identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a mentally ill man described by family members as “paranoid”.
Authorities have identified Colorado resident Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa as the gunman who opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store this week in Boulder, Colorado. The attack killed 10 people, including a Boulder police officer.
The 10 victims of the shooting are 51-year-old Boulder police officer Eric Talley, 20-year-old Denny Stong, 23-year-old Neven Stanisic, 25-year-old Rikki Olds, 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak, 59-year-old Suzanne Fountain, 51-year-old Teri Leiker, 61-year-old Kevin Mahoney, 62-year-old Lynn Murray, and 65-year-old Jody Waters.
Boulder Police first received a call around 2:40 p.m. local time Monday with a report of an active shooter at the supermarket on Table Mesa Drive, who was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and a pistol, officials said. Police Chief Maris Herold told reporters that officers had run into the store within minutes of the shooting and shot the suspect.
Alissa had reportedly been struck by a bullet in his leg by the time he was taken into custody. According to the police affidavit, the suspect had rid himself of his “gear” by that time, leaving “a green tactical vest, a rifle (possible AR-15), a semiautomatic handgun, a pair of jeans and a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt,” inside the grocery store.
Alissa was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Syrian immigrant and longtime resident of Arvada, Colorado allegedly bought the firearm six days before the attack.
The suspect’s brother, Ali Aliwi Alissa, told The Daily Beast that his brother was extremely paranoid, noting that in High School Alissa discussed “being chased, someone is behind him, someone is looking for him.”
“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head,” Alissa’s brother said.
Alissa’s brother added his opinion that the shooting may not have been political. However, on Alissa’s reported Facebook page, he often criticized…