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Colorado shooting suspect charged with 10 counts of murder by CBS News March 26, 2021.

The 21-year-old suspect accused of opening fire inside a Colorado grocery store and killing 10 people has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was being treated for a gunshot wound, but was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon and taken into the custody of local police.

The victims who died in the shooting were between the ages of 20 and 65. Among them was a Boulder police officer, 51-year-old Eric Talley, a father of seven children, who responded to the shooting.

“He died charging into the line of fire to save people who were simply trying to live their lives and go food shopping, and the man who gunned them down will be held fully responsible,” said Michael Dougherty, the Boulder County district attorney.

The other victims were identified as Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; Rikki Olds, 25; Neven Stanisic, 23; Denny Stong, 20; and Jody Waters, 65.

At the White House, President Biden said another city has been “scarred by gun violence” and called on Congress to pass gun control measures. “I just can’t imagine how the families are feeling, the victims whose futures were stolen from them, from their families, from their loved ones, who now have to struggle to go on and try to make sense of what’s happened,” Mr. Biden said.

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Residents pay respects to Officer Eric Talley in Boulder, Colorado, on March 23, 2021. CHET STRANGE / GETTY

 

“Every time you saw her, she had a smile on her face”: Family member mourns shooting victim

Friends and family of 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak remembered her as a gifted artist who always had a smile on her face.

“Every time you saw her, she had a smile on her face,” her cousin, David, told CBS Los Angeles. “I don’t think I ever saw her angry.”

Read more about the victims here.

BY JORDAN FREIMAN

 

Shooting suspect found guilty of third degree assault in 2017 incident

The shooting suspect was previously convicted of third degree assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from an incident when he was in high school, according to documents obtained by CBS News.

According to a police report of the 2017 incident, a teacher and fellow students said they saw Alissa punch another student in the side of the head and hit him repeatedly after he had fallen to the ground, leaving the victim bloodied and vomiting. The suspect admitted to punching the other student, but said it was retaliation for bullying and racist comments, the report said.

BY VICTORIA ALBERT

 

Colorado shooting suspect allegedly bought assault weapon 6 days before shooting

The Colorado shooting suspect purchased an assault weapon 6 days before the shooting, according to court documents released Tuesday. The arrest affidavit for the suspect said he purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16.

It’s not yet clear if that pistol was used in the shooting. According to the affidavit, the suspect had left a rifle — “possibly” an AR-15 — and a semiautomatic handgun in the store.

The wife of one of the suspect’s brothers told authorities that the suspect was seen playing with a gun that looked like a “machine gun” two days ago, according to the affidavit. She did not provide more details about the type of gun.

BY VICTORIA ALBERT

 

“Truly one of a kind”: Family mourns shooting victim

The family of Rikki Olds, one of the victims of the shooting, issued a statement Tuesday commemorating her as a loving, hard-working person who was “truly one of a kind.”

The statement described Olds, 25, as “a type of person who would always be there for you,” adding, “She’d embrace you and give you confidence to be the person you want to be.”

The statement said Olds was devoted to her career at King Soopers, and that she “strived to be the best manager she could be to her work family.”

“She had the tenacity and big dreams to make a great life for herself and to help others along the way,” the family said.

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Rikki Olds, one of the victims of the shooting at a supermarket in on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado.HANDOUT VIA OLDS FAMILY
BY VICTORIA ALBERT

 

Memorials built to remember victims

In the aftermath of the shooting, residents have lined a fence put up around the parking lot of the King Soopers store with flowers to honor the victims.

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A mourner leaves a bouquet of flowers along a fence put up around the parking lot where a mass shooting took place in a King Soopers grocery store Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado.DAVID ZALUBOWSKI / AP

Residents are also leaving flowers around a police cruiser parked in front of the Boulder Police Department to honor Eric Talley, the police officer who was killed during the shooting.

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Residents leave bouquets on a police cruiser parked outside the Boulder Police Department after an officer was one of the victims of a mass shooting at a King Soopers grocery store Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado.DAVID ZALUBOWSKI / AP
BY VICTORIA ALBERT

 

Kroger says 3 store employees died in the shooting

Kroger, the supermarket chain that owns King Soopers, said three employees died during the shooting: Denny Stong, Rikki Olds, and Teri Leiker.

“The entire Kroger family offers our thoughts, prayers and support to those impacted by this tragedy, including our associates, customers and first responders, and their Families,” the company said.

Kroger also highlighted “truly heroic acts that included associates, customers and first responders selflessly helping to protect and save others.”

“We will remain forever grateful to the first responders who so bravely responded to protect our associates and customers,” the company said.

BY VICTORIA ALBERT

 

“I knew something was wrong”: Man who documented shooting speaks out

Millions watched Dean Schiller’s live stream as he documented the shooting with an unflinching eye.

“When did it become clear to you something was very wrong?” CBS News asked.

“As soon as I saw the body,” Schiller said.

He had just left the King Soopers ahead of his friend Denny Stong, who was still paying for his lunch at the register. While filming, Schiller didn’t know that Stong would be among the victims.

“He was a really smart kid. He was training to be an airline pilot who wanted to be a commercial airline pilot — that was his dream,” Schiller said.

BY JONATHAN VIGLIOTTI

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/boulder-shooting-colorado-victims-suspect-10-counts-murder/

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