Suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa held without bail

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The man accused of gunning down 10 folks in a Colorado grocery store was ordered held without bail Thursday, pending an evaluation “to address his mental illness.”

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, sporting a masks and jail scrubs and sitting in a wheelchair, appeared in court docket for the primary time for the reason that rampage Monday on the King Soopers market in Boulder. A decide permitted protection lawyer Kathryn Herold’s request that the subsequent listening to be delayed for at the very least two months to permit for the evaluation.

Alissa, 21, didn’t communicate, aside from to say “yes” when requested by the decide whether or not he understood the fees towards him. Alissa faces 10 counts of first-degree homicide, and a prosecutor mentioned extra fees are deliberate.

Alissa may face a most penalty of life in jail without parole if convicted. Colorado abolished the dying penalty a yr in the past. 

Alissa, a resident of the Denver suburb of Arvada, went on Monday afternoon to Boulder – about 20 miles away – with two weapons, in response to an arrest affidavit. He had purchased a semiautomatic firearm lower than every week earlier than the shootings, authorities mentioned. 

Witnesses mentioned a shooter opened hearth exterior, hitting at the very least one particular person, earlier than coming into the shop. Chaos ensued as customers and staff raced for canopy amid the barrage of bullets.

Boulder taking pictures: Suspect seems at listening to, being held without bail

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Boulder seeks to grieve, heal by vigil

Hundreds of residents gathered in Boulder within the US state of Colorado on Wednesday for a vigil to mourn the deaths of 10 individuals who have been killed by a gunman at a grocery store earlier within the week. (March 25)

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Eric Talley, the first Boulder police officer to reply to the frantic 911 calls, was fatally shot. Alissa was shot within the leg and brought from the scene by way of ambulance. He was hospitalized in a single day earlier than being booked into county jail. Investigators have but to find out, or at the very least reveal, the motive for the assault.

The Boulder victims have been recognized as Talley, 51; Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jodi Waters, 65.

Hundreds of cops and residents lined streets Wednesday to pay respects to Talley, a father of seven whose hearse slowly rolled in a procession from the coroner’s workplace in Boulder to a funeral dwelling in Aurora.

“Thank you to everyone who lined the roadways, overpasses and more this afternoon to show your support,” the police division tweeted. “Words can’t express just how much this meant to us #BoulderStrong.”

Hundreds of mourners gathered in downtown Boulder at nightfall Wednesday as the town continued to mourn the tragedy. A string quartet performed whereas mourners held candles and flowers to pay their respects and referred to as for a extra loving and supportive world.

Nearly a dozen regulation enforcement officers stood guard. Normally, they might have been cops, however park rangers, state troopers and county sheriff’s deputies stepped in. Several held bouquets of flowers handed to them by mourners.

As darkness fell, Anna Chensny, 24, silenced the group with a solo model of Ave Maria, transferring a number of attendees to tears and sobs. The Boulder resident mentioned she had a panic assault in her automotive Tuesday night time after grocery purchasing. 

“I found this one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” she mentioned of her efficiency Wednesday night time. “It’s hard to share your voice when you’re shaking with tears.”

Contributing: Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

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