Suspect held with out bail on 10 counts of homicide faces further prices, Boulder prosecutor says.
Regulation enforcement authorities in Colorado stated on Friday they have no idea the motive of the suspect within the Boulder grocery store taking pictures that killed 10 folks on March 22, together with a neighborhood police officer.
The suspect within the taking pictures, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is being held with out bond and at the moment faces 10 counts of homicide and one depend of tried homicide. He can even be charged with further counts of tried homicide, authorities stated.
“That is only the start of this journey and this might be a minimum of a year-long journey for the victims’ households and the police concerned on this case,” Boulder police chief Maris Herold stated at a information convention.
The FBI and Colorado state investigators are nonetheless processing a “very complicated and really difficult” crime scene on the King Soopers market the place the taking pictures occurred, Herold stated.
The regulation enforcement response to reviews of an lively shooter saved lives and a Boulder police officer who exchanged gunfire with the suspect has been placed on administrative go away per coverage, the police chief stated.
On-duty police officer Eric Talley, 51, who first responded to the taking pictures, was among the many 10 folks shot lifeless. Police exchanged gunfire with the alleged attacker for about 20 minutes.
“However for the actions of regulation enforcement, and the short considering by lots of people within the grocery store, this could have been a lot, a lot worse,” stated Boulder District Lawyer Michael Dougherty.
“Regulation enforcement’s response saved further lives from being taken” in what Dougherty described as “a devasting, horrific assault”.
“We’re dedicated to making sure that justice is finished,” he stated.
Alissa, 21, was wounded within the leg by police and briefly hospitalised after the incident. He has had a primary look in courtroom the place he was suggested of his rights by a choose. His lawyer requested for a psychological well being evaluation.
A second listening to is to be introduced subsequent week after attorneys for the defendant and the prosecution overview out there proof, Dougherty stated.
Dougherty confused the defendant has a constitutional proper to a good trial and cautioned prosecutors can’t share an excessive amount of info with the general public at this stage of what “might be a prolonged courtroom course of”.
Alissa handed a background verify performed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation earlier than shopping for the Ruger AR-15 model gun used within the taking pictures, the gun retailer’s proprietor stated in a press release launched on Friday, in keeping with The Related Press information company.
John Mark Eagleton, proprietor of Eagles Nest Armory within the Denver suburb of Arvada, stated his retailer was cooperating with authorities as they examine the taking pictures.
“Making certain each sale that happens at our store is lawful, has all the time been and can all the time stay the best precedence for our enterprise,” Eagleton stated.
Authorities have stated Alissa purchased the gun six days earlier than Monday’s deadly assault. Alissa is from Arvada.
Dougherty confirmed on the information convention that the gun had been purchased legally and stated Alissa was in possession of a 9mm handgun that authorities imagine was not used within the taking pictures.
The ATF is conducting an investigation of the firearms Alissa owned, Dougherty stated.