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Joe Biden calls for tighter gun control laws as police identify Colorado shooter as 21-year-old male, victims range from age 20 to 65 - ABC News

US President Joe Biden has called for a ban on assault weapons and tighter gun control measures in the wake of a mass shooting that left 10 people dead in Colorado.

The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa of Arvada, Colorado.

He was in a stable condition after suffering a leg wound in an exchange of gunfire with responding police officers at the King Soopers outlet in Boulder, about 45 kilometres north-west of Denver.

The 10 victims, whose names were released at a Tuesday morning news conference, range in age from 20 to 65 and include 51-year-old Eric Talley, a Boulder police officer.

In his first comment since the shooting, Mr Biden said the US Senate should "immediately pass" two House bills to close loopholes in firearm background checks.

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At least 10 people are dead after a mass shooting in Colorado.

"I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future," Mr Biden said.

"It will save lives, American lives. We have to act." 

Mr Biden ordered government flags to be lowered to half-staff in honour of the shooting victims.

Dead officer 'an American hero'

Police and police vehicles outside a King Soopers supermarket.
Police hunt for evidence outside King Soopers grocery store where the shooting took place.(

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Mr Biden commended the "exceptional bravery" of police officer Talley who was killed after responding to a call that shots were being fired.

Mr Biden said "that's the definition of an American hero."

The father of seven children, Mr Tally and had recently been looking for a less dangerous job, according to a statement released by his father.

Police identified the nine other victims as Denny Stong, 20, Neven Stanisic, 23, Rikky Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.

The bloodshed marked America's second mass shooting in a week.

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Eight people were killed in last week's shootings at three Atlanta spas.(

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A gunman went on a killing spree on March 16 in the Atlanta area, fatally shooting eight people at three-day spas before he was arrested.

Investigators said they were confident Alissa had acted alone, though they did not offer any details on what might have motivated the massacre.

"It would be premature for us to draw any conclusions at this time," said Michael Schneider, the agent in charge of the FBI's field office in Denver.

Alissa is expected to be released from hospital later on Tuesday and transported to jail to await an initial court appearance, officials said.

Latest in spate of Colorado shootings

Monday's attack drew hundreds of police officers to the scene and sent terrified shoppers and employees fleeing for safety amid the sound of gunfire.

The shooting added to the Rocky Mountain state's tragic list of mass killings that include some of the most shocking episodes of gun violence in US history, including the 2012 mass shooting at a cinema in Aurora and the 1999 rampage at Columbine High School near Littleton.

"Flags had barely been raised back to full-mast after the tragic shooting in Atlanta that claimed eight lives, and now a tragedy here close to home at a grocery store that could be any of our neighborhood grocery stores."

A mana and woman place bouquets of flowers into a makeshift fence put up around the parking lot.
People place flowers outside the King Soopers grocery store where the mass shooting took place.

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