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Boulder shooting: Suspect identified

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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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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.

Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he  became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”

National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

National Review reports:

“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.

He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”

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