UPDATED 1:11 PM PT – Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Ten people, including a police officer, were killed after a gunman opened fire at grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. On Monday, dozens of local officers and federal agents swarmed a King Soopers grocery store after responding to an active shooter call just before 3 p.m. local time.
#BREAKING Reports of multiple active shooters at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. 1 potential suspect was seen being escorted out of the store in handcuffs. It is unclear if anyone was injured.https://t.co/afubed2Vmt
— Samantha Lomibao (@samanthalomibao) March 22, 2021
“I will also share that we got tremendous support from our fellow law enforcement agencies…the FBI, ATF and other Denver metro agencies,” stated Commander Kerry Yamaguchi of the Boulder Police Department. “Without that quick response, we don’t know if there would have been more loss of life.”
SWAT teams were positioned around the building and on the roof to secure the situation and usher people to safety. Officers said the suspected gunman was wielding a patrol rifle before being escorted out of the store in handcuffs. The suspect was injured and taken to the hospital, but he remains in police custody.
Police confirmed one of the victims was 51-year-old Officer Eric Talley, who joined the Boulder Police Department in 2010. The other victims have been identified as Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Talona Bartkowiak, Teri Leiker, Suzanne Fountain, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray and Jody Waters. Their ages range from 20 to 65-years-old.
Law enforcement officials in Boulder honored the fallen police officer on Monday night. Authorities held a procession for the fallen officer while using roughly 100 responders’ vehicles to escort his body.
According to Police Chief Maris Herold, Officer Talley had served with the department in several roles that supported the community and Boulder Police Department. He is survived by his wife and seven children.
— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 23, 2021
During a press conference Tuesday, Colorado police identified the suspect in Monday’s grocery store shooting as 21-year-old Ahmad al-Aliwi Alissa. He has been charged with ten counts of murder, but no motive has been found at this point.
Authorities said Alissa was transported to a hospital after suffering from a leg wound during the incident. He has since been booked in the Boulder County Jail. News outlets have reported Alissa’s brother identified him as the bloody man being led away in handcuffs by police.
According to arrest documents, Alissa had a green tactical vest and was armed with a rifle as well as a semi-automatic handgun. More guns were reportedly found following a search of his home. Officials believe the alleged gunman acted alone.
Colorado authorities have promised to hold him accountable and ensure justice for all the victims. An investigation remains ongoing.