Colorado supermarket shooting suspect charged with 10 counts of 1st degree murder

Colorado supermarket shooting suspect charged with 10 counts of 1st degree murder

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Katie Dangerfield

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Posted March 23, 2021 10:52 am

 
 

Updated March 23, 2021 4:16 pm

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The suspect in a Colorado supermarket shooting on Monday has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, according to local authorities on Tuesday.

Ten people, including a police officer, were killed Monday afternoon when a gunman opened fire in a Boulder, Colo., grocery store.

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The 10 victims, whose names were released at a Tuesday morning news conference, range in age from 20 to 65 and include Eric Talley, 51, an 11-year veteran of the Boulder police force.

Talley was the father of seven children and had recently been looking for a less dangerous job, according to a statement released by his father.

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The 21-year-old male suspect, identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was in stable condition after he was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police officers at the King Soopers outlet in Boulder, about 45 kilometres northwest of Denver.

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According to the arrest affidavit released Tuesday, the suspect purchased the assault weapon on March 16, just six days before the attack.

It was not immediately known where the gun was purchased.

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“My heart aches today,” Governor Jared Polis said at the media conference. “Not only did we lose 10 lives, but this is real horror and terror for all of us.”

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Police have not yet offered a possible motive for the shooting, which came six days after a gunman went on a killing spree in the Atlanta area.

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Police gave an update on the details of how the shooting unfolded Monday.

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“Regarding the suspect, at approximately 2:40 P.M. Monday, March 22, officers were dispatched to Kings Soopers. They arrived on the scene within minutes and immediately entered the store and engaged the suspect,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said.

“There was an exchange of gunfire. The suspect was shot and a number of other officers were injured.”

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The suspect was undergoing treatment at a hospital and was expected to released Tuesday.

He is then expected to be booked into the county jail, according to Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty.

Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden called on Congress to tighten the gun laws across the country.

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“Ten lives have been lost, and more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado,” he said.

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The president ordered flags nationwide to be lowered in memory of the victims.

— With files from Global News’ Hannah Jackson, The Associated Press and Reuters

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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