Suspect in Colorado shooting bought gun legally

Clay Curtis
March 30, 2021

According to survivors in the Boulder, Colorado grocery store at the time of the shooting which took place earlier in the week, the accused mass murderer Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa is said to have been laughing as he carried out his killing spree.

Officials say the semi-automatic weapon used in the attack was legally purchased six days before.

He killed nine civilians and one police officer, a ten-year Boulder Police Department veteran and a father of seven.

"My heart goes out to the victims of this incident and I'm grateful for the police officers who responded", Herold said.

He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder as well as one count of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a police officer who was not hurt.

"Like the rest of the community, we, too, want to know why, why that King Soopers, why Boulder, why Monday?"

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Alissa did not use a handgun also in his possession, they said.

The city of Boulder encouraged people across the U.S. to pay silent tribute and hold a candle-lighting ceremony on Saturday night in memory of the victims of a mass shooting at a local supermarket last week.

Asked whether authorities suspected any link to global terrorism, Dougherty said investigators were looking into all aspects of Alissa's background.

The owner of Eagles Nest Armory, where the firearm was purchased, said he was shocked by the shooting, telling Reuters: "Ensuring every sale that occurs at our shop is lawful has always been and will always remain the highest priority for our business".

Colorado has enacted laws that require background checks for gun purchases, limit the ammunition magazine capacity and enable courts to temporarily seize the gun of someone deemed risky. Another firearm was recovered, but authorities do not believe it was used in the shooting.

Mr Alissa appeared in court for the first time on Thursday, where his attorneys said they needed time to investigate the extent mental illness played a role.

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