Mass Shooting Kills 10 in Boulder, Colorado

Mass Shooting Kills 10 in Boulder, Colorado

Ten people were killed in a recent shooting in Boulder, Colorado. It was the second mass shooting in six days.

Around 2:30 p.m. on March 22, a gunman entered a King Sooper’s supermarket in the Table Mesa neighborhood of Boulder armed with an assault style gun and began to shoot. The gunman was taken into custody at 3:30 p.m. after taking 10 lives.

The victims were all identified the next day. There has been no discovered motive. The gunman made his first court appearance on Thursday, March 25, and is scheduled to return to court May 25.

The gunman has been identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, from  Arvada, Colorado. According to his arrest warrant, the 21-year-old shooter has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and one charge of attempted murder.

After a briefing with investigators, the attacker’s family claims that he has a history of mental illness and has been previously involved with the law enforcement, according to The New York Times.

The family describes previous instances of him perceiving that people were chasing him during high school. Alissa has a past record of conviction for a misdemeanor assault against another high school student in 2018. Records show that Alissa managed to purchase the AR-15 style pistol used in the mass shooting six days prior.

The authorities have identified all 10 of the victims: Denny Stong, 20, Neven Stanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Eric Talley, 51, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.

After a string of mass shootings, including the Atlanta-area spa shootings on March 16, during which eight people were killed, states and cities across the country began discussing the future of gun regulations.

Linda Askenazi, a senior at Williston, condemned what she sees as the lax gun regulations currently in place. 

“It’s ridiculous that this keeps happening and I really think guns should be banned because if no one has a gun, no one should need a gun to defend themselves,” said Linda.

Erin Davey, the Director of Inclusion and Community Life, also believes more controlled and restrictive gun regulations are necessary.

“I believe there should be stricter gun laws including stronger background checks, and prohibiting all online sales of firearms,” Davey said. She also called for a “ban on the manufacturing and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Alexia Ildefonso, a History teacher teacher, believes that gun violence should be treated as a public health crisis rather than the divisive partisan issue it currently is.