Monday afternoon Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa opened fire in a Boulder, CO King Soopers grocery store, killing 10 including a Boulder Police Officer (https://www.npr.org/2021/03/23/980329479/boulder-shooting-police-identify-suspected-gunman-say-hes-facing-murder-charges). The following people were victims of this violent crime: Denny Strong, 20; Nevin Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Officer Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; Jody Waters, 65.
Alissa is now in custody and faces 10 counts of first degree murder. Reports of the shooting began around 2:30, with Boulder police being dispatched by 2:40. The suspect was in custody by 3:28 after an exchange of gunfire resulting in the death of Officer Talley. Police Chief Maris Herold said of Officer Talley, "I can tell you that he's a very kind man and he didn't have to go into policing, he had a profession before this, but he felt a higher calling. He loved this community and he's everything that policing deserves and needs." Alissa had one previous arrest for a misdemeanor assault charge. He had purchased a Ruger AR 556 less than one week before the incident.
This is not the first shooting this month. On March 16 Robert Aaron Long killed a total of 8 people between three different Atlanta, GA spas. President Biden is now calling on Congress to reform and amend gun control. President Biden wants to ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons banned once again, and background checks to be updated. If these measures are passed will the help prevent future mass shootings, or is there a greater problem that needs to be addressed?
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