Tragedy strikes in Boulder, Colorado this past Monday as a man walked into a King Soopers store and opened fire. The 10 victims aged between 20- and 65-years-old that were killed in a mass shooting inside a grocery store by a lone gunman, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21.
Eyewitnesses said the suspect was armed with a rifle. Unnamed police sources told US media it was an AR-15 style rifle, a semi-automatic gun that has been used in several mass shootings across the US.
“This feels like the safest spot in America, and I just nearly got killed for getting a soda and a bag of chips,” as told by Ryan Borowski to CNN.
President Joe Biden has called on Congress to enact stricter gun control measures, a ban on assault weapons & high-capacity magazines, and finally end all the loopholes in background checks to purchase any weapons. Biden called out to some of the victims that lost their lives in his statement, the police officer, and a father of seven.
“The officer was identified as Eric Talley, 51, who served on the force since 2010,” Fox News reported. “He was the first officer at King Soopers, the crime scene, after the shooting occurred at about 2:30 p.m. His actions were called heroic.”
— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 23, 2021
Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis released the following statement after the tragedy:
Today, ten lives were tragically lost, including Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley. Officer Talley served more than ten years with the Boulder Police Department and tragically lost his life at the age of 51 while working to save the lives of others.
And tonight, the families of these victims, our fellow Coloradans, my neighbors, are hearing the devastating news that their loved one who simply woke up and went to work this morning, or who ran out to pick up eggs, won’t be coming home. Our community anxiously awaits more information on the victims, hoping it’s not our friends, coworkers and neighbors but knowing in our tight knit community it will be, and even if we don’t personally know them, we all mourn their senseless killing and our sense of safety in our local grocery store.
This year we have all been surrounded by loss of life, illness and isolation, and the deep grief that has accompanied the loss of life as we knew it. As spring sprung this weekend, and vaccines continue to get into arms, lightness creeped back in only for the darkness to descend on us again today. Today we saw the face of evil. I am grieving with my community and all Coloradans.
The list of victim’s names has been released while no other concrete information was available about the perpetrator or the incident. Boulder Police Department officials said at a press conference that they expected the investigation into the incident to take a full week.