On March 22, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa drove 20 miles from where he lived and shot 10 people in King Soopers grocery stores in Boulder, Colorado. Since then Alissa has faced 54 charges and is said to face more.
As of right now there is not a clear motive nor explanation but Ryan B., a resident of Boulder, was interviewed after the shooting and gave some insight. He remembers walking around the store looking for snacks then was shocked by a loud bang while in an aisle. At first he thought someone had dropped an item near the registers but he continued to hear the banging and people began running toward the back to reach an exit. After realizing what was going on he joined the people at the back of the store while being guided by employees out of the store through a cargo bay where customers had to jump under a loading truck to safely exit. Customers inferred their safety as they heard a gunshot and realized that the cops got to the crime scene and Alissa was shot in the leg and arrested.
Although the market wasn’t too busy, there is no question that it was extremely traumatic for anyone in the store.
Another victim and employee at King Sooper, Emily Giffin, describes how she ran for her life and the grief she is facing as most of the people who were murdered were her friends. She was on her break at the time of the shooting and remembers seeing a man with a “huge gun” (looks like an AR-556 pistol) shoot a man multiple times while crossing an intersection. She was sitting between the two main entrances of the store and being scared for her life and others, she grabbed the girl sitting next to her and ran to the back of the store to take cover. While speaking of the terrifying incident, her voice fills with sadness as she says that about 8 out of the 10 people who were killed were her friends. She says that she has never lived in a city like Boulder with such a loving and connected community which is why a shooting in Boulder was such a shock to her. She goes on to say, “I don't know how to go back to work and like to see the spot where my friends died and be okay.” The supermarket is still being investigated and multiple people, as well as Alissa’s family members, are being interviewed in order to find the motive of this brutal incident. Alissa is currently under custody to determine whether or not a mental illness played a fact in his decisions.
People are claiming that Alissa came to the U.S. illegally and a user on Facebook posted that Alissa “entered illegally from Mexico and purchased the firearm from a guy that sells stolen guns… you can’t make this (expletive) up why we need a freaking wall.” Information has now been released that Alissa was born in Syria and stereotypes are beginning to believe that this incident could have possibly been an act of terrorism. The gun used was said to be purchased legally as he did pass the background check.
On April 29, 2021, Democratic Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis signed two bills promoting gun control in light of the Boulder shooting. Once again we see the tragic acts of violence a person can accomplish. As more news is released we continue to see the gravity of gun control and shootings in today's society.