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Gunman Opens Fires At Grocery Store In Boulder, Colorado

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UPDATED: 11:15 a.m. ET

Police identified the suspect in the deadly Boulder supermarket shooting as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year-old resident of nearby Arvada, Colorado. He was shot before being apprehended and is being held at a hospital and is expected to be booked into the Boulder County Jail. Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

No other information was immediately released about him and authorities did not announce another suspect in the shooting.

Alissa was previously described on social media as a white male.

At least 10 people, including a police officer, were killed during the mass shooting on Monday afternoon.

Alyssa was shown being taken into custody following reports of an “active shooter” at a King Soopers grocery store. He was shown surrounded by law enforcement officers while handcuffed and walking with a limp from an apparent injury to his right leg, which appeared to be bleeding.

The suspect was shown walking across a parking lot and put onto a stretcher.

There were no immediate reports of a motive.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified Eric Talley as the Boulder police officer who was killed.

While full details were not immediately available, Reuters reported that witnesses who were shopping inside the King Soopers grocery store said they heard what they thought were gunshots inside.

Another witness told CBS News that he saw a gunman shoot a woman in front of him.

Two other witnesses told the Denver Post that they saw a man firing a gun and were unsure why.

One of them said the gunman didn’t say anything before or during the shooting.

“He just came in and started shooting,” the man told the Post on condition of anonymity.

The other one said the shooter “let off a couple of shots, then was silent, and then he let off a couple more. He wasn’t spraying.”

The gunman reportedly used an AR-15 — the same kind of rifle that a judge ruled just last week was perfectly legal to possess in Colorado. The NRA called the decision “something to celebrate.”

That ruling in district court prevented Boulder’s ban on assault weapons — enacted in 2018 — from effectively being enforced. It was not immediately clear when and where the gunman obtained the assault rifle he reportedly used Monday.

One person on Twitter shared an unfortunate list of high-profile public shootings that have taken place in Colorado.

The shooting in Boulder happened nearly a week after a lone gunman killed eight people at three Asian spas in and near Atlanta. Robert Aaron Long was charged with eight murders in the shootings on Tuesday that came amid a heightened wave of anti-Asian attacks around the U.S. Six of Long’s victims were Asian women.

This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.


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