Boulder suspect bought gun 6 days before shooting; family believes ‘mentally ill’

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Police escort the wounded Boulder, Colorado shooting suspect. (Screen snip)

The suspect in Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder, Colorado supermarket reportedly bought the rifle used in the rampage six days earlier, and his family is telling reporters they think he suffers from mental illness.

The Seattle Times notes investigators still have not established a motive.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa allegedly murdered ten people including a Boulder police officer and a manager at the store Monday afternoon. During an exchange of gunfire with police, he was wounded in the leg before being taken into custody. Authorities have not released information on where the gun was purchased.

According to the Daily Beast, Alissa’s brother described the suspect as “paranoid.” He is described as “a martial-arts buff with a history of violence whose own brother describes him as ‘very anti-social.’”

The ten people who died have all been identified. They are Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowika, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; Jody Waters, 65; and Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, 51, according to the Daily Beast.

The suspect has been charged with ten counts of first-degree murder. Authorities in Boulder have promised he will be held to full account for the slayings.

Anti-gunners have jumped on the bandwagon to demand more gun control in the aftermath of the shooting. From Joe Biden on down the list of “usual suspects” including Sens. Chris Murphy and Charles Schumer, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, and other prominent anti-gunners, the rhetoric has been similar if not the same. They want bans on so-called “assault weapons,” and they want quick action on other gun control measures.

“Ten lives have been lost, and more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado,” Biden told reporters at the White House.

Biden’s own gun control agenda has been public knowledge online for more than a year. He has called for a permanent ban on semi-auto rifles, and for registration, plus “enhanced background checks.”

According to Fox News, Biden is considering executive action on guns, his press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Tuesday. She didn’t explain what those actions might include.

Alissa came to the U.S. as a toddler in 2002. He was reportedly born in Syria in 1999.


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