21-year old accused of shooting 10 at Colorado supermarket allegedly has history of mental health issues

People close to the 21-year-old accused of shooting 10 people at a Colorado supermarket have said he was prone to sudden rage and violence.

Monday afternoon, a man wearing a tactical vest and weilding a Ruger AR-556 pistol, shot and killed ten people at King Soopers grocery in Boulder, Colorado. According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant of the suspect, the gunman was seen outside the grocery store repeatedly shooting an elderly man. The suspect then shot 9 more people, including Boulder Police Officer, Eric Talley. After killing the ten victims who ranged in age from 20-65, the shooter stripped down to a pair of shorts which revealed a gunshot wound to his leg and turned himself into police. The suspect that police detained is identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a resident of Arvada, Colorado and son of Syrian immigrants.

Alissa is said to have mental health issues. According to CNN, Alissa’s brother said, “He always suspected someone was behind him, someone was chasing him.” Not only that, but there are Facebook posts from Alissa’s account claiming that his phone was being hacked by his school. In 2018, Alissa, then a highschool senior, was suspended from school and sentenced to probation and community service after being found guilty of assaulting a classmate. Alissa claimed the student had provoked him by calling him racial names and making fun of him. In addition, Alissa was kicked off his highschool wrestling team for an angry outburst after losing a match. According to the AP, his former teammate, Angel Hernandez, said in reference to Alissa, “Once he gets mad, it’s like something takes over and it’s not him. There is no stopping him at that point.” Hernandez also reported instances of Alissa apparently having some sort of delusions.

Following the shooting, politicians on the national level have called for stricter gun control around the country. Vice President Harris said in a tweet this morning, “I urge Congress to act and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and close loopholes in our background check system. It will save lives.” President Biden also said in a press conference yesterday, “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save the lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act.” 





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