The suspect in the deadly shooting at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store on Monday has been identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Al Issa.
Boulder Police Chief Maris Harold said at a press conference Tuesday that Al Issa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. Harold said the 10 victims range in age from 20 to 65. The suspect was shot in the leg and was in stable condition at an area hospital. Al Issa bought a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle on March 16, according to court documents
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said authorities haven’t determined a motive.
“Why did this happen?” Dougherty asked. “We don’t have the answer to that yet and the investigation is in its very early stages.”
However, journalist Jack Posobiec, citing an unidentified White House official, said President Biden “has been briefed the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies.”
In a subsequent tweet, Posobiec said, “It is beginning to look like the Boulder shooting was a jihadist terror attack.”
Later Tuesday, Posobiec, citing a national security source, said Al Issa was a Syrian refugee who arrived through an Obama-era asylum program.
And Tuesday evening, the New York Times reported he was known to the FBI. The paper said Al Issa was linked to another person who has been under investigation but didn’t give more details.
The National File reported Al Issa’s purported Facebook page, which has now been removed, included pro-Islam and anti-Trump messages.
Screen shots of the Facebook page taken by Twitter users show Al Issa was a devout Muslim, the National File said.
In a post June 5, 2019, Al Issa said he believed he was under attack from “racist Islamophobic people” who were “hacking” his smartphone.
“Yeah if these racist islamophobic people would stop hacking my phone and let me have a normal life I probably could,” he wrote.
Of Islam, he wrote, “Muslims might not be perfect but Islam is.”
See screenshots from Al Issa’s purported Facebook account:
— Shayla Raquel (@shaylaleeraquel) March 23, 2021
Al Issa said in a purported Facebook post that Donald Trump won the 2016 election because of “racism”:
Al Issa’s brother, Ali Al Issa, told the Daily Beast his brother was “very anti-social” and paranoid.
In high school, the brother said, he often said he was “being chased, someone is behind him, someone is looking for him.”
Al Issa was “short-tempered” and “scary,” according to a former high school wrestling teammate, Dayton Marvel, the Denver Post reported.
Marvel said Al Issa once threatened to kill people during a match.
“He was kind of scary to be around,” Marvel said.
At the Tuesday morning news conference, the police chief, Harold, was overcome with emotion.
“I want to say to the community, I am so sorry this incident happened,” she said, “and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure this suspect has a thorough trial and we do a thorough investigation.”
The victims have been identified as Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Terri Licher, 51; Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jodie Waters, 65.
Talley was a police officer and the father of seven children.
On Monday night, he was given a hero’s procession from the grocery store to the funeral home.
Officer Eric Talley was killed heroically responding to the #BoulderShooting on Monday. His police vehicle is parked outside the @boulderpolice station at 1805 33rd St. in memory of Eric and his service. pic.twitter.com/7Cr2xNGcFR
— City of Boulder (@bouldercolorado) March 23, 2021