Boulder shooting suspect moved to undisclosed facility due to possible threats

King Soopers shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa 21 appears before Boulder District Court Judge Thomas Mulvahill at the Boulder County Justice Center in Boulder Colorado

He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder as well as one count of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a police officer who was not hurt.

The 21-year-old suspect in this week's Colorado mass shooting legally purchased the semi-automatic weapon used in the attack, and he will face additional charges for attempted murder, officials in Boulder County said on Friday.

Ahmad Alissa, 21, has been receiving so many threats inside his Boulder prison cell that authorities chose to move him outside the county. "Why that King Soopers, why Boulder, why Monday, and unfortunately we don't have those answers", Herold said.

MARIS HEROLD: Like the rest of the community, we too want to know why, why that King Soopers, why Boulder, why Monday?

"We can not begin to assess the nature and depth of Mr. Alissa's mental illness until we have the discovery from the government", said Kathryn Herold, an attorney for Alissa, at the Thursday hearing.

The suspect was moved to a jail outside of Boulder for security reasons.


The police chief further confirmed the Ruger AR-556 - an AR-15 style, semi-automatic pistol - found at the scene was legally purchased by the gunman.

John Mark Eagleton, owner of Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, Colorado, issued a statement to local news outlet 9News on Friday to declare that Boulder shooting suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, did pass a background check prior to purchasing a firearm from his gun shop on March 16 - just six days before the deadly incident.

Alissa did not use a handgun also in his possession, they said. Another firearm was recovered, but authorities do not believe it was used in the shooting.

Allisa made his first court appearance on Thursday, where his defense team asked the court for a full mental health examination. Alissa pleaded guilty to a third-degree assault in 2018 for punching a high school classmate without warning the previous year. A bill meant to impose stricter background checks and ban some types of semi-automatic rifles has stalled amid Republican opposition.

The United States banned them nationwide in 1994, but a more conservative U.S. Congress allowed the law to expire in 2004.

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