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Colorado man charged with 10 counts of murder in Boulder mass shooting, authorities say

Ahmad Al-Issa, of Arvada, Colorado, was arrested after Monday’s shooting and is currently in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg

Police outside a King Soopers grocery store where a shooting took place Monday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo.
David Zalubowski, Associated Press

On Monday, March 23, a shooting occurred in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

Here are the latest updates from the incident.


Colorado man charged with 10 counts of murder in Boulder mass shooting; victims names released

A 21-year-old Colorado man has been charged with 10 counts of murder in Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, authorities say.

  • Ahmad Al-Issa, of Arvada, Colorado, was arrested after Monday’s shooting and is currently in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, Denver’s CBS 4 reported Tuesday morning.
  • Authorities said Al-Issa’s “condition is stable” after being “shot in the leg by a Boulder police officer.”
  • Al-Issa is expected to be released from the hospital and booked at the Boulder County Jail on Tuesday, according to CBS 4.

The nine other victims, whose names had not been released Monday evening, were identified Tuesday, The New York Times reported.

  • Denny Strong, 20
  • Neven Stanisic, 23
  • Rikki Olds, 25
  • Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
  • Suzanne Fountain, 59
  • Teri Leiker, 51
  • Kevin Mahoney, 61
  • Lynn Murray, 62
  • Jody Waters, 65

Boulder Police officer Erik Talley, 51, was also shot and killed after responding to the King Soopers shooting. Talley’s death was announced Monday evening.


10 people killed in Boulder supermarket shooting, police say

Ten people, including a Boulder police officer, have died in a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store Monday, according to Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold. A “person of interest” is in custody.

  • “This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County,” said Michael Dougherty, the Boulder County district attorney, per The New York Times.

Officer Eric Talley, 51, was killed during the shooting, Herold told local reporters.

  • “He was by all accounts, one of the outstanding members of the Boulder Police Department and his life was cut far too short as he responded to the shooting that was taking place,” Dougherty said.

The identities of the other nine victims, and details as to how the incident unfolded, were not released Monday.

  • “We do have a person of interest in custody. That person was injured during the incident and that person is being treated for injuries,” said Commander Kerry Yamaguchi of the Boulder Poilce Department.

The Associated Press reported that “Dougherty said authorities know how many people were killed and suggested they are not releasing the number because they need to notify families of the victims.”

A Boulder resident that lives near the grocery store said “they heard dozens of shots in one rapid-fire burst” and later, “police could be heard ordering the suspect to surrender,” according to BuzzFeed News, which was reporting from Boulder.

  • Boulder police had told people to shelter in place amid a report of an “armed, dangerous individual” about 3 miles away from the grocery store, but later lifted the order.
  • Police vehicles were seen leaving the residential area near downtown and the University of Colorado.
  • Police had said they were investigating if that report was related to the shooting at the supermarket but said at the evening news conference that it wasn’t related.

More details emerge of what happened

  • At 2:49 p.m. Mountain Time, the Boulder Police Department said, via Twitter, that it was responding to an “active shooter at the King Soopers on Table Mesa.” Witnesses who’d fled the supermarket told reporters that a gunman had opened fire inside the store, The Denver Post reported.
  • Hours later, shortly after 5 p.m., the police department said it had sent out an alert “asking people near 17th and Grove to shelter in place while they respond to report of armed, dangerous individual” — about 3 miles from the King Soopers. Police said they were “investigating to determine if this is related to King Soopers shooting.”
  • Law enforcement officers, with a pair of armored vehicles, “surrounded a home on 17th and blocked the street,” The Denver Post reported.

Witnesses describe the scene of the shooting

  • “He just came in and started shooting,” a witness who was inside the King Sooper at the time told The Denver Post. The gunman, another witness said, “let off a couple of shots, then was silent, and then he let off a couple more. He wasn’t spraying,” The Denver Post reported.
  • “A shirtless man with blood running down his leg was escorted out of the store in handcuffs by two police officers,” The Associated Press reported shortly after the shooting.

“Officers had their guns drawn, and some windows at the front of the store were broken. Authorities over a loudspeaker said the building was surrounded and that ‘you need to surrender.’ They said to come out with hands up and unarmed,” according to the The Associated Press.


Colo. Gov. Jared Polis reacts to tragedy

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in a statement posted to Twitter: “My heart is breaking as we watch this unspeakable event unfold in our Boulder community.”

  • “My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy,” he said in an earlier tweet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.