By: NIAH MADIGAN
On Monday, March 22, a shooting in a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado ended with ten dead. The suspected shooter was identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa by officials on Tuesday. He is currently being charged with eleven charges, including ten charges of first degree murder and one charge of attempted murder. Maris Herold, Boulder Police Chief, has not yet disclosed a possible motive.
According to his brother, Alissa had been increasingly “paranoid”, starting in about 2014. He believed he was being followed and chased, and at one point put duct tape over the camera on his computer so he could not be seen. “…He would say, ‘Someone is chasing me, someone is investigating me.’ And we’re like, ‘Come on, man. There’s nothing.’” His brother told CNN.
An anonymous senior law enforcement source told CNN that Alissa had bought a Ruger AR-556 on March 16, well before the shooting. Prosecutors in the case announced that they will be filing “additional charges” within the coming weeks but did not elaborate. Alissa’s next court date has not been set.
The victims of the shooting have been identified as Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65. Members of the community have come forward to show support for the friends and family of the victims, and held a vigil on Thursday at Boulder’s Fairview High School.
More updates on the case are yet to come, but the Boulder community has come together in this time of tragedy and shared their own memories of the victims.