Boulder shooter makes first court appearance in wheelchair – Ahmad Alissa’s attorneys ask for three months to determine his mental health before he can stand trial for killing 10 at a grocery store
Boulder shooter Ahmad Alissa appeared before Judge Thomas Mulhavill in Boulder, Colorado, on Thursday morning, in a wheelchair on Monday
His attorneys ask for three months to determine his mental health before he can stand trial for killing 10 at King Soopers grocery store
The King Soopers shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, is charged with ten counts of murdera
Prosecutors say that they plan to file more charges against the 21-year-old next week
On Monday, he shot dead ten people inside a King Sooper’s grocery store before surrendering to police
Alissa who has still not given a motive for the killings stripped off his clothes before he surrendered to cops
His family have described him as a loner, paranoid, stupid anger management issues and has never had a girlfriend
He was living in the basement of their family home and working in the family restaurant, The Sultan Grill Alissa bought his $900 AR-556 rifle on May 16, a week before carrying out the attack
He has past convictions for assault and used to ‘punch’ people in high school who made fun of him
His victims have been listed as Officer Eric Talley, 51, who was among the first to respond, Lynne Murray, who was shopping, and store employees Rikki Olds, 25, and Teri Leiker who both worked in the store
Other victims are Kevin Mahoney, 61, Denny Stong, 20, Jody Waters, 65, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, and Neven Stanisic, 23 – most of whom were there to get their COVID vaccine at the store’s pharmacy dept.
Grocery store shooter Ahmad Alissa made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of shooting dead ten people during a shooting spree inside a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado on Monday.
The 21-year-old is being held at Boulder County Jail on ten counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
Alissa’s victims range in age from 20 to 65. Some worked in the store, some were shoppers and others were there to get their COVID-19 vaccines.
They were listed as Officer Eric Talley, who was among the first to respond, Lynne Murray, who was shopping and Rikki Olds and Teri Leiker who both worked in the store. The other victims are Kevin Mahoney, 61, Denny Stong, 20, Jody Waters, 65, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, and Neven Stanisic, 23
On Thursday morning, the suspect’s attorneys asked for three months to determine his mental health and whether or not he should stand trial.
The prosecution asked for it to happen sooner and said they expect to file more charges next week once the crime scene is processed.
Judge Thomas Mulvahill did not specify how long the matter would be delayed for but he gave the defense two weeks to respond to a motion.
Alissa wore a regulation blue prison suit, orange slides and a white mask. He was sitting in a wheelchair, after being shot in the leg in a standoff with police.
He spoke once, only answering ‘yes’ when asked if he understood the charges.
His attorney then said: ‘We cannot do anything until we’re able to fully assess Mr Alissa’s mental illness and we cannot do that until we have the discovery from the government,’ his attorney, Kathryn Herold, said.
No plea was entered and he will continue to be held without bond.
On Monday, he opened fire at the King Soopers grocery store shortly before 3pm, shooting dead two people outside then another eight once inside the store.
He has been described by family as a ‘loser’ who ‘never had a girlfriend’ but has had temper problems for much of his life.
On Monday Alissa, armed with a Rugers AR-556, a shortened style of the assault rifle that he bought it a week earlier on March 16 opened fire at the King Soopers store.
The motive behind the mass shooting has not been revealed. Authorities are trying to determine how long he’d been planning the attack.
Twenty minutes after he started shooting people on Monday, police surrounded the store, Alissa who had been shot in the leg as he exchanged gunfire with cops, stripped himself of his clothes and surrendered. He then asked to speak to his mother.
The family lives in Arvada, Colorad, around 30 miles southeast of Boulder.
It’s unclear why Alissa traveled to that specific King Soopers, or how long he’d been planning the attack.
Alissa had ranted on social media about Islamophobes hacking his phone and complained about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
His brother-in-law revealed that he worked in the family’s Middle Eastern restaurant, The Sultan Grill, and that he lived in their basement.
He told The Sun on Thursday that the killings had devastated their family and that his 65-year-old father Moustafa hadn’t stopped crying since he found out his son was responsible for the mass kiliing.
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