Ahmad Alissa, the 21-year-old gunman responsible for a mass shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday, was known to the FBI and had ranted online about ‘racist islamophobes’ hacking his phone. Alissa asked if he could speak with his mother after surrendering to police on Monday, having stripped off and laid down his Ruger AR-556 rifle, handgun and tactical vest in the supermarket’s aisles.
A high school wrestler who has been described by his family as ‘mentally ill’, was born in Syria and moved to the US when he was three. He now lives in Arvada, Colorado, around 30 miles from the grocery store he targeted.
At 2.40pm on Monday, he opened fire on the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, killing ten people. He was taken into custody at 3.28pm and was transported to the hospital to be treated for a leg wound. He has since been released from the hospital and is now in Boulder County Jail.
Police have not yet confirmed his motive. He has been charged with ten counts of murder.