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The monument was erected next to the police barricades that surrounded the King Soopers store. linked to credit Eliza Earle for The New York Times.
The city of Boulder, Colorado, is in mourning two days after a shooting at a grocery store that killed 10 people. A procession was held Wednesday afternoon to honor the officer who was in the line of fire, followed by a candlelight vigil at the county courthouse.
Authorities have not yet provided details on the possible motive for the deadly attack. According to court documents, suspect Ahmad al-Aliwi Alyssa, who is charged with 10 murders, will make his first appearance on Thursday morning.
The magnitude of the loss becomes clear as the personal stories of those whose lives have been interrupted – the dedicated gardener, the helpful salesman, the future grandfather – emerge. Rev. Radovan Petrovic, the pastor of the family of one of the victims of Monday’s shooting, 23-year-old Neven Stanisic, described the family’s grief as unfathomable.
And now the biggest question for the family, besides the grief they feel, is how did this happen here, he said.
Although that question has not yet been answered, authorities released a detailed statement Tuesday charging him with 10 counts of first-degree murder, which in Colorado is punishable by life in prison without parole.
According to police, Alice was armed with a handgun and a military-style semi-automatic rifle and was wearing a bulletproof vest when he carried out the attacks at the King Soopers store in the Table Mesa neighborhood of Boulder.
Investigators said the gunman started raving about the parking lot and then forced his way inside. Officer Eric Talley, 51, an 11-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department, was first on the scene. Officers who entered the store shortly after found his lifeless body and dragged him outside.
Mr. Alice’s brother called him paranoid and anti-social, according to the Daily Beast. In 2018, Mr. Alice was convicted of assaulting another student at his high school.
The attack in Boulder, combined with the murder of eight people, including six Asian women, at spas in Atlanta last week, has put gun control back at the center of American political debate. President Biden on Tuesday called on Congress to take immediate action to ban assault weapons and close loopholes at checkpoints.
In Boulder, memorial services were planned for Wednesday as mourners continue their grieving process, including a candle-lit vigil in front of the Boulder County Courthouse.
After the tragic shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, the flags were only just flying, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said at a press conference, and now there’s the tragedy right here, right nearby, at a grocery store that could be one of our neighborhood stores.
A pair of snow jackets at an impromptu memorial for King Supers in Boulder, Colo. linked to credit Stephen Speranza for The New York Times …
Months after the horrific 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people, the Boulder City Council has decided to try to prevent future mass shootings within its borders.
That same year, an ordinance was unanimously passed to prohibit the purchase of a semi-automatic rifle that the suspect accused of killing 10 people had purchased at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder six days before the shooting.
It remains unclear whether the Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle – essentially a shortened version of the AR-15 rifle sold as a pistol – that defendant Ahmad al-Aliwi Alyssa purchased is the same as the rifle that was used. But in an affidavit, law enforcement officials said Alice was armed with a military-style semi-automatic rifle and a handgun.
It is not yet known where the defendant purchased the weapon, but according to the ruling, he could not have purchased it legally in Boulder.
However, when Mr. Alice picked up the gun on the 16th. By March, the order banning these weapons had expired. Nine days before the shooting, Boulder County District Court Judge Andrew Hartman ruled that the ban violated state law and could no longer be enforced. The judge cited a 2003 Colorado law that prohibits cities and counties from banning firearms allowed under state and federal law.
According to data from the Denver Post, Boulder police have not even issued any tickets under the ban for two years.
In Denver, an assault weapons ban was approved by the Colorado Supreme Court in 2006. But the circumstances were a little different. Unlike Boulder, the ban in Denver, among others, had been in place for years when the state law was enacted in 2003.
Boulder city attorney Tom Carr wrote the 2018 ordinance at the request of the city council.
I hope and pray that there is never a mass shooting in Boulder, he told the Daily Camera at the time, and this ordinance is meant to, at the margin, reduce the ease with which someone could do that.
If you look at most mass shootings, the guns were purchased legally. I see this decision as one more obstacle for someone to consider such a horrible act.
After the mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, uncle Ricky Olds, one of the victims, told reporters about the void the tragedy has left in his family. CreditCredit…Steven Speranza for The New York Times.
When a customer at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, received a complaint, employees knew who to contact: Ricky Olds, 25-year-old front man. She was named Wendy because she often wore her hair in braids, just like the redheaded namesake of the fast-food restaurant.
If you had a bad day, Ricki was there to make it better, her colleague Carly Lough said Wednesday at an emotional news conference hosted by Ms. Lough. Olds’ family. She was one of 10 people killed in a shooting at a convenience store on Monday.
‘Rikki was a kind of light in our family,’ said her uncle, Robert Olds. She often came out with a new hair color or a different tattoo and never worried about the judgment of others, he said, describing her as bright and bubbly.
There is a void in our family that cannot be filled, he said. Olds and took a deep breath as he paused between sentences. She had dreams, she had ambition, he said, watching her climb the stairs at King Supes.
Sometimes Miss Olds laughed so hard she shivered, her uncle remembered, and smiled. He looked up at the ceiling, joking that she might throw something at him if he revealed that memory. I’ll really miss her, he said.
Mrs. Olds’ younger brother is particularly affected by the loss, his uncle said, and asked the audience to keep him in their thoughts and prayers.
A homemade memorial for the King Supers grocery store. Thanks to Eliza Earle for The New York Times.
YouTube said it will not remove any additional videos from Monday’s shooting at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, which included footage of bodies on the ground.
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YouTube and other video-hosting networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, have released videos of graphic violence before, including in 2019 when a gunman staged a massacre while streaming in Christchurch, New Zealand. But a statement posted Wednesday on YouTube says the video from Boulder has been revisited and is allowed to stand.
Offensive content meant to shock or disgust viewers and hate speech are not allowed on YouTube. As a result, we have removed a number of videos that violate our policies, Elena Hernandez, spokeswoman for the company, said in a statement. We do allow certain violent or graphic content in the context of sufficient information or documentaries and have therefore imposed an age restriction for this specific content. We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.
YouTube said it considers several factors when deciding whether to remove a video, including whether the video provides a context for violence, whether violence is the focus of the video and whether the accompanying text suggests an intent to shock or disgust viewers.
The three-hour King Supes video, shot by an eyewitness named Dean Schiller, who said he had a friend in the business, begins with Mr… Schiller films a dead body in the parking lot and zooms in. Shots ring out as he enters the store and targets the body near the entrance. During the hour-long confrontation, he fired from behind cars, railings and trees, refused repeated requests from police to clear the area and recorded police responses outside the building.
Schiller repeatedly identified himself to the police as a journalist and attacked the officers, who after about 90 minutes took him behind the yellow barrier behind which journalists usually stand. Previously, the close-up allowed viewers to see the action first-hand, including footage of a handcuffed man, believed to be the shooter, being led away by officers with a bleeding leg.
Some viewers have criticized the video for showing graphic images of bodies and speculating about motives. By Wednesday morning, it had been viewed more than 700,000 times on YouTube. According to The Gazette of Colorado Springs, more than 30,000 people watched the livestream at the same time.
Schiller, who is not affiliated with any news organization, describes himself as a citizen journalist and is well known to Boulder police. The newspaper reports that he sued the city in 2019 after being arrested for filming in and around the county jail.
President Joe Biden speaks Tuesday at the White House. linked to credit Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times.
WASHINGTON – Following the second mass shooting in a week, President Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill called Tuesday for swift action to pass stricter gun laws – a call that was immediately met with resistance from Republicans.
In brief, stark remarks from the White House, Biden urged the Senate to pass an assault weapons ban and close loopholes in the control base, saying it would be a common sense measure that could save lives in the future.
His call to action was the latest in what has become a sordid ritual in Washington: a renewed call for gun safety legislation after the deadly shooting, this time at a Colorado grocery store, that killed 10 people, including a police officer, on Monday.
This is not a partisan issue, this is an American issue, Biden said. We must act.
But while polls consistently show broad support for stricter gun laws and specific policies like an assault weapons ban, Republicans in Congress remained virtually unmoved on the issue, repeating Tuesday their longstanding arguments that gun violence should be addressed by measures like more police officers, not restrictions on gun rights.
Our members don’t have much incentive to do things that seem to solve this problem, but in reality contribute nothing to it, said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second Republican in the Senate.
President Barack Obama has not pushed for stricter gun laws even after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults. Since then, little progress has been made at the federal level, even as the epidemic of firearm violence has peaked.
On Tuesday, Biden said he had to draft a statement to keep the flags at the White House at half-mast because they had already been lowered to half-mast in honor of the eight people killed by a gunman less than a week earlier in the Atlanta area.
Yet another American city has been hit by gun violence and the resulting injuries, the president said.
Guns fill the wall of a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash.Credit…Elaine Thompson/Associated Press….
The man accused Monday of breaking into a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, and killing 10 people was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and a military-style handgun, police said.
It is not clear from police statements and charging documents which of these weapons were used in the attack, but at least one appears to be a semi-automatic derivative of assault rifles long used by the U.S. military.
According to a police statement, the ten-time suspect, Ahmad Al-Aliwi Alissa, bought a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle, essentially a shortened version of the AR-15 rifle sold as a pistol, six days before the murders. It’s also unclear if the gun was used in Monday’s shooting.
Both the AR-15 rifle and the Ruger variant use small caliber, high velocity ammunition originally developed for combat.
Under Colorado law, a handgun means a pistol, revolver, or other type of firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, capable of firing a shot, bullet, or other projectile, with a barrel, including a revolving, detachable, or magazine-like slide, not exceeding 12 inches in length.
Depending on their size, AR pistols are much easier to conceal than a regular rifle or AR-15. According to the manufacturer’s website, the Ruger AR-556 pistol has a 9.5 or 10.5-inch barrel, while the typical AR-15 has at least a 16-inch barrel.
According to the Denver Post, some retailers in Colorado are selling a version of the Ruger AR-556 with a magazine that can hold less than 15 rounds, to comply with state regulations.
Ahmad al-Aliwi Alice, the man accused of killing 10 people in the Colorado convenience store attack, had a history of anger problems, according to police and people who knew him, including one that led to a conviction for minor assault when he was in high school.
According to police, he purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol – essentially a shortened version of the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle – just a week ago.
On Monday, police said the 21-year-old, who lived in Arvada, Colorado, walked into a King Soopers store in Boulder and killed 10 people.
And a man who calls himself Mr. Alice’s older brother identified him in the Daily Beast as mentally ill, anti-social and paranoid.
When he was a senior at Arvada West High School, he punched another student in class, resulting in a conviction for assault; a classmate said he erupted in anger.
The police report of the November 2017 incident states that he stood up in a classroom, approached the victim and delivered a cold punch to her head, knocking her to the ground, and then struck her in the head multiple times. The report stated that another student had mocked him a week earlier and called him a racist.
Others also recalled examples of Mr. Alice’s temperament, sometimes in response to the spotlight.
Sir, I want to thank you for your support. Alyssa, a wrestler, had friends in high school, but he also had anger issues, said classmate Brooke Campbell, who was manager of the wrestling team. If he lost wrestling matches when it didn’t matter, he got too angry, she said.
It’s frightening, you know, looking back, knowing that you knew someone who was capable or now is capable of doing something like that, Campbell said of the shooting.
A statement released Tuesday said Mr. Alice was 16 years old. March bought a Ruger pistol and that his brother’s girlfriend saw him playing with what looked like a machine gun two days before the shooting. Authorities said he had a rifle and a handgun at the time of the attack, but it was unclear whether either weapon had been purchased last week.
He was indicted Tuesday on 10 counts of first-degree murder, which in Colorado is punishable by death or life in prison without parole. Authorities have not given a motive for the crime.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said the suspect has lived in the United States most of his life. The suspect’s criminal record and his Facebook page, which appears to be his, show that he was born in Syria in 1999.
The police statement describes Mr. Alice as being six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. That’s far more than the 140 pounds listed as senior since his arrest in November 2017; a few months later, he was convicted of third-degree assault and sentenced to probation and community service.
Mr. Alyssa clearly has a serious interest in martial arts. The Facebook page lists wrestling and kickboxing as one of his interests, and many posts are about martial arts. A Facebook post from 2019 sums it up: #NeedAGfriend.
The page said he was studying computer science at Metropolitan State University of Denver, but university spokesman Timothy Carroll said the suspect was not and never has been a student at MSU Denver. The Facebook page was removed within an hour of Mr. Alice’s name being posted by authorities.
The suspect’s identity was known to the FBI because, according to law enforcement officials, he had ties to another person the FBI was investigating.
They were young and old, single and married, King Supes customers and King Supes employees. The youngest was 20, the oldest 65.
Some of them have been in the grocery business for years. Others were only in the store for a few minutes. All left family and friends who struggled to understand what had happened and preferred to talk about how their relative or friend had lived rather than how he or she had died.
Authorities identified the victims as Danny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Ricky Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Eric Talley, 51; Teri Laker, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.
Just like the people who did their shopping at a Walmart store in El Paso in 2019, just like the people who worked at three spas in Atlanta last week, 10 people have been killed in Boulder, Colorado by the gunfire of a heavily armed man.
I don’t want his name on any other list besides age, said Alexis Knutson, 22, a friend of Teri Laker, 51, a King Soopers employee who said had worked there for about 30 years and died in the attack.
Knutson met Laker through a program called Best Friends, which connects University of Colorado Boulder students with community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ma’am. Knutson remembers going to sporting events together and Mrs. Laker loved to cheer on teams.
She had the biggest, prettiest smile, Knutson said. She always had these dimples that, especially when she was angry about something – her smile was huge.
Ms. Knutson stated that despite the age difference, they got along well and spoke to each other often. I’ve always had one rule: She couldn’t call until 9 because I like to sleep, she said. She called me at six in the morning.
Danny Stong, 20, has been working at the store for a few years. A few years ago, he was a student at Fairview High School in Boulder.
Once at Fairview Hall, he compliments his classmate Molly Proch on her superhero T-shirt and they quickly become friends.
I was in tears most of the morning, very confused about how something like this could happen again, said Ms Proh, 20. He was an indispensable worker in a grocery store. It makes my blood boil.
When I talk to people and say: I know how you feel, they understand what I’m saying, said Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School. linked to Chet Strange’s credit for the New York Times.
Monday’s shooting in Boulder, Colorado, which killed 10 people, including a police officer and at least three grocery store employees, brought back memories for Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School.
In April 1999, two students armed with Mr. K. were arrested. DeAngelis School in Littleton, near Denver, killing 13 people and injuring 21 others. The event plunged the nation into mourning and set the tone for other mass shootings over the next two decades.
It’s breathtaking, DeAngelis told The New York Times this week. Colorado has been through so much.
Since the mass shootings, he has been contacted so often that he has become the state’s chief grief counselor. He told CBS Denver he was helping others by sharing his story.
It’s not that I’m an expert, but I think when I talk to people and I talk: I know how you feel. You understand what I’m saying. Wherever you are now, we were there 21 or 22 years ago.
Since the Columbine attack, DeAngelis has advised and assisted communities across the country in the aftermath of shootings, including in the Cleveland suburbs and at Virginia Tech. He was also asked by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission, the group leading the effort to erect a memorial to the 20 children and six adults killed in the December 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
After Monday’s shooting, Mr. DeAngelis said he did not want a sense of hopelessness to prevail.
We can’t give up, and I don’t want us to get to a point in our lives where all we do is talk: OK, how much this time?… …that we’re insensitive to, he told CBS. We should say: We can’t do that.
A gun shop in Charlotte, N.Y., last year. The national checkerboard of gun laws by state coincides with the partisan politics of each state. linked to credit Logan R. Cyrus for The New York Times.
Hundreds of miles away, but at the same time Monday afternoon, a gunman opened fire at a convenience store in Boulder, Colorado, and Iowa Senate Republicans voted to scrap the state’s law requiring permits for concealed gun possession. The bill’s author said he was relieved that Iowans can exercise their gun rights without running out of permits.
But last month, Democrats in Maryland overturned Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to expand background checks, and in Virginia, Democrats passed bills to ban guns in the Capitol and to strengthen the background check system.
The differences in efforts reflect national checklists of gun laws by state that are consistent with each state’s partisan preferences, while Congress has not addressed gun violence with meaningful legislation since 1994, when a 10-year ban on assault weapons was included in the crime bill advocated by current President Biden.
After the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which 20 freshmen and six adults were killed, 13 states, all controlled by Democrats, instituted or expanded background checks for new firearms. Meanwhile, 14 states, all controlled by Republicans, have passed laws allowing their citizens to carry guns without a permit, as required by Iowa law.
The political divide between states over gun policy is another example of how national issues – including abortion rights and, in the post-Trump era, voting rights – shape local politics.
Yet gun policy has changed dramatically in the decade since the Sandy Hook shooting. Since then, two major gun control organizations, backed by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, herself a victim of gun violence, have established grassroots organizations across the country. The groups defeated the National Rifle Association for the first time in federal campaigns in the 2018 and 2020 elections.