Ten people are dead, including one Boulder police officer, after a gunman opened fire Monday in a grocery store in Boulder, Co.
At a news conference Monday, authorities said the suspect who had been shot in an exchange of fire with police was taken into custody. On Tuesday, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified the suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, of Arvada.
He is now charged with ten counts of first-degree murder and will be transported to the Boulder County jail. He is in stable condition.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis spoke Tuesday morning mourning the dead and offering condolences to the families and to the community.
“We will hold the evildoer responsible to the full extent of the law for his actions. We will always remember the victims of the King Soopers shooting,” he concluded.
The ten victims were identified and their names were read to the public. They ranged in age from 20 to 65. Here are their names:
- Denny Stong, 20
- Neven Stanisic, 23
- Rikki Olds, 25
- Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
- Suzanne Fountain, 59
- Teri Leiker, 51
- Eric Talley, 51
- Kevin Mahoney, 61
- Lynn Murray, 62
- Jody Waters, 65
Boulder County district attorney Michael Dougherty promised that justice would be served, but that it won’t come for over a year.
Herold said calls started coming into the station around 2:30 p.m., local time, about shots in the area and “a possible person with a patrol rifle.”
The mass shooting occurred at King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, which is about 25 miles northwest of Denver.
The officer who died was Eric Talley, 51. He joined the department in 2010. Officer Talley was the first to respond to the scene when reports of a gunman came in, the police said.
“He was, by all accounts, one of the outstanding officers at the Boulder Police Department and his life was cut far too short,” Dougherty said Monday.
Officer Talley had seven children and his youngest child is 7 years old, his father Homer Talley said Monday. “He loved his kids and his family more than anything,” he said.
The shooter’s motive hasn’t been disclosed.
Jennie Taer contributed to this report
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In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.
The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.
The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.
Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.
While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.
Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.
As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”
They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.
However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.
Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.
Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.
As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.
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