Suspect in Colorado shooting moves facilities: What Were His Motives?

In Boulder, Colorado, an armed gunman killed 10 innocent civilians and injured many more. 

On March 22nd an armed man went into a supermarket and killed 10 people including an on-duty officer. The man, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is a 21-year-old Syrian man. Mr. Alissa had purchased a firearm just six days before carrying out his onslaught. Authorities use this evidence to believe that Mr. Alissa had planned out this shooting. It’s also reported that Alissa had traveled 30 minutes in order to carry out his plan. Authorities are unsure why he traveled so far but, they say that adds to their belief it was planned. After several police arrived at the scene, Ahmad was found shot in the leg and immediately arrested. 

Alissa was being housed in the Boulder County jail but had been moved to a correctional facility after staff had learned of safety concerns and threats. No further details have been released on those concerns. Mr. Alissa has appeared in a procedural court hearing where he and his team have pleaded for a trial delay so that they could look into Alissa’s unspecified mental illness. 

No motive has been found as to why he carried out this shooting in a supermarket. Alissa has refused to give any motive. However, a reason being speculated was in February the Biden administration carried out an airstrike on Syria killing 22 people. Again, Ahmad was Syrian so it is possible Ahmad was seeking revenge. Furthermore, the FBI has been searching through Ahmad’s social media accounts looking for any clues. On his Facebook page Ahmad posted about his strong hatred of Donald Trump, publicly criticizing him of his immigration policies. One of his high school classmates said, “his senior year, during the wrestle-offs to see who makes varsity, he actually lost his match and quit the team and yelled out in the wrestling room that he was going to kill everybody. Nobody believed him. “We were just all kind of freaked out by it, but nobody did anything about it,” the same classmate also described and noted how Alissa “would talk about him being Muslim and how if anybody tried anything, he would file a hate crime and say they were making it up.” Reportedly, other classmates pointed out that Alissa was “paranoid” and that he once “beat up a kid for a racial slur”. However, the motive still remains unclear as Alissa refuses to open up to authority. 

Coincidently, 2 gun restriction bills have recently been passed by the house of representatives which means such bills will be taken up by the senate very soon. One of the bills include an FBI background check on every firearm sale and a background check of every buyer. The other bill would allow for the FBI to have a longer extension of vetting time. Before the bills are taken up in the senate, it is possible that this tragic loss of human life could be enough to sway a senator/s to vote in favor of the bills. Considering that there are now 20 states with a constitutional carry law (permit-less carry), Democrats and Republicans might be able to find common ground between permit-less carry following a background check. 





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