The gunman responsible for a mass shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Alissa. 

By BBC NEWS

The gunman responsible for a mass shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Alissa. 

Alissa, a high school wrestler who has been described by his family as ‘mentally ill’, was born in Syria and moved to the US when he was three. He now lives in Arvada, Colorado, around 30 miles from the grocery store he targeted on Monday.  

At 2:40 pm, he opened fire on King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, killing ten people.  He was taken into custody at 3:28 pm and was transported to the hospital to be treated for a leg wound. 

 Ahmad Alissa, the 21-year-old gunman from Monday’s shooting at a Colorado grocery store. He is shown, left, wearing wrestling medals from the North American Grappling Association, in an undated Facebook photo 
The shooter’s brother said he was ‘very anti-social’, ‘paranoid’ and thought that people were trying to kill him in high school.

Witnesses said he was using what looked like an AR-15 rifle. Police have not yet confirmed what kind of weapon he was using or if it was legally purchased. 

Alissa is now in a stable condition and has been charged with ten counts of murder but his motive remains unknown. 

In Facebook posts over the last 18 months, he complained about not having a girlfriend.

It’s unclear why he unleashed terror on the supermarket or whether the gun he was using – described by witnesses as an AR-15 – was legally purchased. 

The victims have been identified as; Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Suzanne Fountain, 59,  Terri Licher, 51, Eric Talley, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jodie Waters, 65. 

Talley was a cop who recently changed jobs to work more away from the front-line. He was also a father-of-seven. 

Leiker had worked at the grocery store for 30 years. She was dating a colleague who survived the shooting. 

The victims range in age from 20 and 65. 

Officials revealed at a press conference on Tuesday morning that some of the victims were at the store to get their COVID-19 vaccine. 

The gunman is seen being loaded onto a stretcher after the shooting on Monday 

Colorado Governor Jared Polis said the attack happened “at a grocery store that could be any of our neighbourhood grocery stores”.

“None of them expected that this would be their last day here on the planet,” Mr Polis said of the victims.

“A simple run for milk and eggs… something we can all identify with, led to complete tragedy.”

The state of Colorado has seen a number of mass shootings over the last few decades, including the 1999 Columbine High School attack that left 12 students and a teacher dead and the 2012 attack at a cinema in Aurora that killed 12 people.

More on BBC NEWS

close

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here