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The 21-year-old suspect in Monday’s massacre at a Colorado supermarket killed 10 including a store manager and a police officer faces 10 counts of murder in the first degree, police said Tuesday.
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, of Arvada, near Denver, is accused of opening fire Monday afternoon at the King Soopers store in the university city of Boulder, killing people ranging in age from 20 to 65, authorities said.
“We will hold the evildoer responsible to the full extent of the law for his actions,” said Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. “And we will always remember the victims of the King Soopers shooting.”
Alissa’s now-deleted Facebook page said he was “born in Syria in 1999 came to the USA in 2002,” the Daily Beast reported.
His account included postings about Islam, such as the faith’s prayers and religious holidays, and his apparent suspicions that he was under surveillance.
“Yeah if these racist islamophobic people would stop hacking my life phone and let me have a normal life I probably could,” he wrote in one July 2019 post, according to the Daily Beast.
In a different post, Alissa shared another person’s thoughts the day after the 2019 mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 51 people.
“The Muslims at the #christchurch mosque were not the victims of a single shooter,” the reposted message reportedly read. “They were the victims of the entire Islamophobia industry that vilified them.”
Alissa’s identity was known to the FBI because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, law enforcement sources told the New York Times — though the report didn’t say who that person is, or what they were being probed for.
But the alleged shooter’s older brother told the Daily Beast that he believes his sibling is mentally ill.
“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me,’” Ali Aliwi Alissa, 34, told the outlet. “She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head.”
He described his brother as “very anti-social,” and said that when the alleged gunman was in high school, he would describe “being chased, someone is behind him, someone is looking for him.”