Colorado suspect got assault weapon 6 days before shooting

Colorado suspect got assault weapon 6 days before shooting
A mourner leaves a bouquet of flowers along a fence put up around the parking lot where a mass shooting took place in a King Soopers grocery store Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Authorities said Tuesday, that the suspect accused of Colorado supermarket shooting was a 21-year-old man who purchased an assault weapon less than a week earlier. The shooting killed ten people, including a 51-year-old police officer.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa bought the assault weapon on March 16, according to the authorities, just six days before the attack at a King Soopers store in Boulder. It was immediately unknown where the gun was purchased.

Alissa was booked into the county jail Tuesday on murder charges after being treated at a hospital. He is from the Denver suburb of Arvada and was due to make a first court appearance Thursday.

Investigators have not established a motive behind the shooting, but they believe Alissa was the only shooter.

A law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Al Aliwi’s family told investigators they believed Alissa was suffering some type of mental illness, including delusions.

Relatives described times when Alissa told them people were chasing or following him, which they said may have contributed to the violence, according to the official. The official spoke to AP on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly.

The attack was the country’s deadliest public mass shooting since a 2019 assault on a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 22 people in a rampage that police said targeted Mexicans.

President Joe Biden called on Congress to tighten the country’s gun laws.

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