An alleged gunman accused of killing 10 people at a King Soopers store in Colorado apparently laughed while he opened fire on random victims.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified the suspected shooter at the King Soopers store as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, from Arvada. Ten people, including a Boulder police officer, were allegedly shot and killed by Alissa at the southern Boulder store, on March 22.
Officials identified the victims as Rikki Olds, 25; Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Ricki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Teri Leiker, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jodi Waters, 65.
Boulder police officer Eric Talley, 51, also lost his life in the line of duty. He was one of the first officers at the scene and risked his life to save others, police said.
The Denver Post reports that a police officer and several people at King Soopers heard Alissa laughing as he walked around the store, shooting.
“This guy is laughing at us,” police said while radioing in the scene.
Customer Angelina Romero-Chavez was shopping with her husband when they heard several gun pops.
“We could hear a man chuckling,” Romero-Chavez said. “Gunshots were close. We believe it was him chuckling.”
Mark Naughton told the Denver Post that he witnessed a man outside the store running in an attempt to get away from the gunfire. Naughton said he saw the suspect then shoot at the victim.
“He shot him from about 12 feet away,” Naughton said. “It looked like he had a short kind of assault rifle.”
When the victim fell down, Alissa stood over him and shot him multiple times, witnesses at the scene said.
During a news conference on March 23, officials announced that Alissa is considered the only suspect. There are no current threats to the community.
Alissa sustained a gunshot wound to his leg during the incident, authorities said. Officers led Alissa out of the store after he “walked backward toward a SWAT team with his hands up,” wearing only shorts.
After medical treatment at an area hospital, authorities arrested and booked Alissa. He’s been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.
Officials said some of the victims were gunned down while in line to receive their COVID shots. Despite this, the police chief said a motive remains unclear.
Check back for updates.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Here is our latest episode.
[Feature Photo: Ahmad Ali/Boulder Police Department; Facebook]