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Selasa, 23 Maret 2021

Colorado mass shooting: Ahmad Alissa charged with 10 counts of first degree murder - NEWS.com.au

Police in have identified the man accused of killing 10 people at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado yesterday.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is a 21-year-old from Arvada, Colorado, which is a suburb in Denver. It’s about 30 kilometres south of Boulder.

He has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder.

Alissa allegedly entered a King Soopers store at about 2:30pm on Monday, local time, and opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon.

Police arrived on the scene and surrounded the supermarket before exchanging gunfire with the suspect. One officer, 51-year-old Eric Talley, was killed.

At a media conference this morning, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified Alissa, and confirmed he had been taken to hospital for treatment. Alissa is in stable condition and will be taken to the Boulder County jail today.

“I want to say to the community, I am so sorry this incident happened,” a visibly emotional Chief Herold said.

“We are going to do everything in our power to make sure this suspect has a thorough trial and we do a thorough investigation.”

Investigators have spoken to Alissa but have yet to establish a motive for the attack.

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Chief Herold also identified the 10 victims: Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; Jody Waters, 65; and Mr Talley.

“It’s tragic. This officer had seven children, aged five to 18,” she said of her fallen colleague, whom she described as “a very kind man”.

“I just had that officer’s whole family in my office two weeks ago to give him an award. And so it is personal.

“This is my community, I live here. And to have something like this happen so close to where you live, and to know the fear in the community, and to know that the officers sacrifice themselves, it’s heartbreaking.

“He didn’t have to go into policing. He had a profession before this, but he felt a higher calling. And he loved this community. And he was everything that policing deserves and needs. He cared about this community.

“He was willing to die to protect others.”

President Joe Biden plans to address the shooting in remarks later today.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke about it, albeit briefly, during a public appearance this morning to swear in CIA Director William Burns.

“It’s tragic. It’s absolutely tragic,” Ms Harris said.

“Ten people going about their day, living their lives, not bothering anybody. A police officer who was performing his duties with great courage and heroism.

“It’s tragic.”

The violence in Boulder was America’s seventh mass shooting in seven days.

On March 16, eight people were killed as a gunman attacked a series of spas in Atlanta, Georgia.

The next day, five people were injured in a drive-by shooting in Stockton, California.

On March 18, four people were shot and taken to hospital in Gresham, Oregon.

On March 20, five people were shot at a club in Houston, Texas.

The same day, eight people were shot in Dallas, resulting in one death.

And a shooting at a party in Philadelphia, also on March 20, killed one person and injured five more.

These incidents have sparked renewed calls from leading Democrats, including former president Barack Obama, to enact stricter gun control measures.

“It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so,” Mr Obama said.

“It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence. But we can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war.

“We can overcome opposition by cowardly politicians and the pressure of a gun lobby that opposes any limit on the ability of anyone to assemble and arsenal. We can, and we must.”

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