Colorado shooting suspect passed check in legal gun purchase

Why that King Soopers, why Boulder, why Monday, and unfortunately we don't have those answers, ' Herold said at a news briefing.

Alissa, who made his first court appearance on Thursday, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and a single count of attempted murder, stemming from gunshots he allegedly fired at a second police officer.

"We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and families that are left behind", John Mark Eagleton, the owner of Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, said in a statement provided to The Denver Post and KUSA-TV.

Herold said the suspect, identified earlier as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, legally purchased an AR-556 pistol at a gun store in his hometown.

Ten people were killed in the rampage Monday at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, including a police officer. An arrest affidavit says Alissa purchased it on March 16, six days before the shooting. Regarding the firearm in question, a background check of the purchaser was conducted as required by Colorado law and approval of the sale was provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The store "will continue to fully cooperate" with investigators, Eagleton said.

Although the suspect had a misdemeanor on his record, that would not have prevented him from purchasing a firearm legally.

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Alissa was convicted in 2018 of misdemeanour assault after he knocked a fellow high school student to the floor, climbed on top of him and punched him in the head several times, according to police documents.

If Alissa had been convicted of a felony, his gun purchase would have been prohibited under federal law.

Alissa, 21, surrendered to law enforcement officials at the crime scene after he was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said.

The man accused of killing 10 people at a King Soopers store in Boulder this week appeared in court for the first time Thursday morning. Talley's handcuffs were used to transport Alissa to jail, Boulder police said.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, remains in custody of the Boulder County Sheriff's, but is now being housed in a correctional facility outside the county after jail staff learned of safety concerns and threats, Denver's KKTV reported.

Defense attorneys requested evidence and a witness list from the prosecutors, and asked the judge for a three-month trial delay so they could look into "Mr. Alissa's mental illness". He is being held without bail and is due to undergo a mental health examination. The 51-year-old joined the Police Department in 2010.

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