A 21-year-old man faces 10 counts of murder in connection with Monday’s mass shooting at a grocery store in the US city of Boulder, Colorado, local authorities said during a press conference on Tuesday as President Joe Biden called for stricter gun rules.
Biden sent his condolences to the victims of Monday’s attack by what appears to be a lone gunman and asked Congress to do more to regulate weapons.
“I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country,” he said Tuesday at the White House.
US legislators have promised to address gun violence. Vice President Kamala Harris, called the shootings “tragic”.
“It’s absolutely baffling, it’s 10 people going about their day living their lives, not bothering anybody. A police officer who is performing his duties, and with great courage and heroism,” Harris said at the White House on Tuesday before Biden’s address.
The 10 victims were named at the Boulder press conference, Denny Strong, 20, Nevin Stanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Eric Talley, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62 and Jody Waters, 65.Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said these were people “who started their day with a cup of coffee and reading the morning paper. Perhaps getting their kids ready and putting on a coat to go out. Maybe they’re making last minute Spring Break plans, but none of them expected that this would be their last day here on the planet.”
The suspect, identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, of Arvada, Colorado, was in stable condition after he was wounded in the leg in an exchange of gunfire with responding police officers at the King Soopers grocery outlet in Boulder, about 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Denver, on Monday afternoon. Alissa was expected to be released from the hospital and jailed on Tuesday.
He has been charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree.
Authorities have not yet offered a possible motive for the bloodshed.