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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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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art

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The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.

An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.

“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.

The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.

“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”

Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.

“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”

Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”

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