21-year-old Ahmed Alissa of Arvada has been identified as the man who shot dead 10 people including a police officer in Boulder, Colorado on Monday afternoon.
“He has been charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree and will be shortly transported to Boulder County Jail,” said Boulder police Chief Maris Herold in a press conference this morning.
The names of the dead have also been revealed as follows:
Denny Stong, 20
Neven Stanisic, 23
Rikki Olds, 25
Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
Teri Leiker, 51
Officer Eric Talley, 51
Suzanne Fountain, 59
Kevin Mahoney, 61
Lynn Murray, 62
Jody Waters, 65
President Joe Biden also spoke on the subject today. He said, “Less than a week after the horrific murder of eight people and the assault on the AAPI (Asian-American Pacific Islander) community in Georgia, while the flag was still flying half-staff for the tragedy, another Amercian city has been scarred by gun violence and resulting trauma.” Biden praised the hero cop who died in the operation to nab the shooter saying, “I commend the exceptional bravery of Officer Eric Talley. I send my deepest condolences to his family.”
Biden also used the opportunity to advocate for a ban on assault weapons. “While we are still waiting for more information on the shooter, his motives, the weapons he used, the guns, the magazines, the weapon modifications that apparently have taken place to those weapons that are involved here, I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour to take common sense steps that will save lives in future and urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Meanwhile, in Boulder, Member of Congress, Colorado’s 2nd District Joe Neguse expressed anguish as he said, “This cannot be our new normal. We should be able to feel safe in our grocery stores. We should be able to feel safe in our schools, in our movie theatres and in our communities.” We need to see a change because we have lost far too many lives.”
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for 10 days to honor the 10 victims.
*Feature image courtesy Boulder Police Twitter.