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Suspect in Colorado shooting bought gun legally

Suspect in Colorado shooting bought gun legally”

He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder as well as one count of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a police officer who was not hurt.

Officials in Boulder, Colorado are still looking for a motive in Monday's deadly mass shooting.

Police also noted the suspect's harrowing disposition, reporting over the radio, "This guy is laughing at us", according to the Denver Post.

The Syrian-born U.S. citizen has been indicted for the murder of 10 people when he opened fire Monday at the King Soopers store in Boulder, in the western United States.

Defense attorneys said in court that more time is needed to assess Alissa's mental health.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was first put on suicide watch when he was processed at the Boulder County Jail this week, which is protocol for high-profile suspects, Boulder County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Carrie Haverfield told ABC News.

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, who also spoke at the news conference, said determining the motive will be the focus of all their efforts.

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It's unclear whether Alissa remains on suicide watch, but Haverfield said he is in "protective custody".

"We'll be filing additional charges in the next couple of weeks", a member of the prosecution team told the court.

Alissa's lawyers asked to delay the next status hearing in the case for two to three months, saying "we can not do anything until we are able to fully assess Mr. Alissa's mental illness".

"It will be something haunting to all of us, until we figure that out", Herold said. "But, I am hoping that we will". He passed a background check conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Alissa was briefly hospitalized after being shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire with police during the Monday attack.

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

Officials said they were still probing any potential links to terrorism, and declined to comment on whether a high-capacity magazine was used in the shooting. The other victims were Jody Waters, 65, Lynn Murray, 62, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, and Neven Stanisic, 23.



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