Boulder police released the names of the 10 people shot to death at a Colorado grocery store on Monday, saying the victims were between the ages of 20 and 65.
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold told a news conference Tuesday morning: “I am very sorry that this incident occurred.”
Police said those who died were Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49 years old; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51 years old; Eric Talley, 51 years old; Kevin Mahoney, 61 years old; Lynn Murray 62; and Jody Waters, 65.
Herold said he lived three blocks from the store where the shooting occurred. “I feel numb and it’s heartbreaking,” Herold said. “It is heartbreaking talking to the victims, their families. It’s tragic. “
Police named the suspect as Ahmad al Aliwi Alissa and said the 21-year-old was in stable condition at a hospital after being injured in the shooting and would soon be transferred to a local jail.
Herold said he had been charged with 10 counts of murder. More details will be released shortly, authorities said.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said it was too early in the investigation to pinpoint the suspect’s motive. The FBI is assisting with the investigation and encouraged people to share any information they may have with the agency.
Congressman Joe Neguse, a Democrat, called for a change at the press conference.
“We should be able to feel safe in our grocery stores, we should be able to feel safe in our schools, in our movie theaters and in our communities,” Neguse said.
Police had previously identified a victim in the shooting, the first police officer to arrive at the scene, Eric Talley. The 51-year-old father of seven was looking for a less dangerous job, his father said.
“He was looking for a job to stay out of the front lines and he was learning to be a drone operator,” Talley’s father, Homer Talley, said in a statement. “He didn’t want his family to go through something like this.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting and would be updated with new developments.
This is the country’s second large-scale shooting in a public place in a week.
On Tuesday, a gunman shot and killed eight people, all but one of them women, six of Asian descent, in a series of shootings at spas in the Atlanta area.
There had been no large-scale shootings in the US for a year earlier, although other types of shootings increased last year.
In 2020, a record 41,000 people died from gun violence, according to the independent research group Gun Violence Archive. The number includes more than 23,000 people who died by suicide.
Advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety said more action was needed to prevent gun violence.
“Gun violence is an epidemic within the pandemic, from Boulder yesterday to Atlanta last week and the dozens more people in the United States who are shot every day, but whose stories don’t make headlines,” said John Feinblatt. , president of Everytown.
“To save lives and end these senseless killings, we need more than thoughts and prayers; we need federal action on Senate gun safety, and we need it now.”
Congress will come under increased pressure to respond to the shootings at a previously scheduled hearing on gun violence on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted: “This Senate must and will move forward with legislation to help stop the epidemic of gun violence.”
Earlier this month, the House passed two laws that would expand background checks, but they will struggle in the Senate, where Republicans have said they oppose the bills. A survey last year said 83% of Americans support thorough background checks.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism