Published: Tue, March 30, 2021

Suspect in Colorado shooting bought gun legally

Suspect in Colorado shooting bought gun legally

Colorado police are still trying to understand why a gunman opened fire on Monday and killed 10 people on Monday at a King Soopers grocery store in the city of Boulder, they said during a press conference on Friday.

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

Also on Friday, law enforcement officials said that they made a decision to move Alissa from one correctional facility to a new one after he received death threats to his safety.

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 want to know why".

"There are lots of candles in windows on my street", she said. He did not use a 9mm handgun also in his possession during Monday's attack, Dougherty said.


Herold said the suspect, identified earlier as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, legally purchased an AR-556 pistol at a gun store in his hometown.

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

The suspect, being held without bail, has been transferred to another unspecified lockup outside Boulder County "due to safety concerns and threats that our jail staff became aware of", sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield told Reuters.

The Boulder Police Department announced Tuesday that it has put the names of those who died in the shooting on decals on its vehicles. Another firearm was recovered, but authorities do not believe it was used in the shooting.

"Regarding the firearm in question, a background check of the purchaser was conducted as required by Colorado law and approval for the sale was provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation", he added.

A lawyer for the accused requested a delay in further proceedings to allow for Alissa to have a mental health assessment.

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