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10 killed in Colorado grocery store shooting

Hear witnesses recount how the Colorado supermarket shooting unfolded

What we know so far

  • What happened: 10 people, including a police officer, were killed Monday after a gunman opened fire in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
  • The victims: Police identified those killed and read their names aloud at a news conference. They include a police officer and three store employees.
  • The shooter: Police identified Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa as the suspect. He’s in custody and charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree.
  • Motive: Authorities have not yet shared information on a possible motive.
  • Calls for action: President Biden pushed for a pair of House-passed gun reforms, including a universal background checks measure and an assault weapons ban.

Our live coverage has ended for the night, but you can read more here.

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Kroger identifies 3 employees killed in the shooting

Kroger said three employees were among those killed in the shooting at King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado. 

They were Denny Stong, Rikki Olds, and Teri Leiker, the company said in a statement.

“In the hours since the shooting, we’re learning of truly heroic acts that included associates, customers, and first responders selflessly acting to protect and save others. We will remain forever grateful to the first responders who so bravely to protect our associates and customers,” Kroger said, adding that the company was “horrified and heartbroken over the senseless violence.”

“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.”

Jill Biden:"We cannot become numb" to the grief we feel

First lady Jill Biden called for action Tuesday following a mass shooting that left 10 dead at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

“Ten more lives have been stolen by gun violence. The grief we feel is heartbreakingly familiar, but we cannot become numb to it. We must act now,” she tweeted.

Monday’s shooting comes just days after eight were killed in a series of shootings in the Atlanta area. President Biden is facing growing pressure to act on guns in the wake of these latest mass shootings.

Boulder suspect pleaded guilty to assault charge in 2018 after attacking a classmate

The suspect in the Boulder, Colorado, shooting pleaded guilty to third-degree assault approximately three years ago after attacking a high school classmate, according to court documents and a police report.

In February 2018, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was charged with assault after allegedly attacking a classmate at Arvada West High School in the Denver suburb of Arvada.

The case stemmed from a November 2017 incident in which Alissa, then-18, “got up in [a] classroom, walked over to [the] victim & ‘cold-cocked’ him in the head,” according to a report from a police officer included in the case file. Alissa “got on top of [the victim] & punched him in [the] head several more times,” the report says, adding that the victim “had bruising, swelling & cuts to [the] head, as well as pain.”

The officer wrote, “No witnesses could see or hear any reason” for the attack, and that Alissa said that the victim “had made fun of him & called him racial names weeks earlier.”

Alissa, who is now 21, pleaded guilty in March 2018 and was sentenced to one year probation, 48 hours of community service, and “treatment to address response to anger,” according to the court documents.

Colorado governor orders flags at half-staff for 10 days in honor of victims

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis attends a press conference in Boulder, Colorado, on March 23.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis told CNN that his state is still stunned in the wake of yesterday’s shooting at King Soopers supermarket in Boulder.

“This is just where everybody goes to pick up groceries, right? We have a few big grocery stores in town, like in most towns across the country, people go buy groceries,” Polis told CNN’s Pamela Brown on the “The Situation Room” Tuesday. “Never ever does it cross your mind that that trip to the grocery store could be your last moments on earth. I think all of us are going to have those little flutters in our hearts as we go shopping next time, just recognizing what happened here in Boulder.”

The governor said he ordered flags throughout the state to be flown at half-staff for 10 days to honor the 10 victims in Monday’s shooting. He said he will speak with the families of the victims “when they’re ready to take the call.”

Polis also said he spoke with President Biden today after the President called for a ban on assault weapons and for Congress to pass two-gun control measures.

“We had a good conversation,” the governor said. “He expressed his condolences, He’s seen a lot of loss in his life, including, of course, his son and his wife, and so many others. He’s no stranger to loss.”

“He gave some comforting words to Colorado. To me, I think there will be a broad discussion about the policy side,” Polis continued. “We have, for instance, universal background checks in Colorado, but some of our neighboring states don’t. I know Congress is looking at closing that loophole.”

“For now, we’re really trying to do our best to comfort the families, the friends of the 10 people who are no longer with us,” he added.

Memorial grows outside Boulder grocery store

A memorial is forming outside the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, Tuesday afternoon, near where 10 people were shot and killed a day before.

People gathered near the store to leave flowers, notes and crosses in tribute to the victims.

A mourner leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial outside of King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on March 23.
Crosses bearing the names of the shooting victims hang from a fence.
A person pays their respects at the memorial outside of King Soopers.
A note left on a bouquet of flowers reads "with all of our love."

Denver Nuggets coach names victims of Boulder shooting during pregame session

Mike Malone, head coach of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, opened his Tuesday pregame media session by naming the victims of the Boulder shooting, breaking down into tears after doing so.

“I think we’re all tired of it. I think that’s an understatement,” a visibly distraught Malone said. He went on to continue and once again was driven to tears, pausing intermittently, saying, “We get judged on wins and losses. I apologize. We get judged on wins and losses, but if you take a step back and you put yourself in one of those families, what do you feel?”

Malone fought through his emotions and spoke further about Eric Talley, the Boulder police officer who was killed in the shooting.

“I think about Eric Talley and his seven kids,” Malone said. “That’s what I think about. I’m just heartbroken for them and everybody else. Hopefully we as a country, we as a state can find a way to be better.”

The Nuggets are in Orlando and will play the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. ET.

Gun reforms need to be strengthened at the state and federal level, Boulder mayor says

Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver said that gun reform measures should be strengthened at the state and federal level after a mass shooting left 10 dead at a supermarket in his Colorado city. 

“The real message is cities can’t handle this problem. The rules need to come from the state and the federal level, so what I’ll be sharing with the President — if I speak to him — is that we would really appreciate his support. And the interview he gave today indicates that he’s with us and we really need everyone to make their voices heard at this time,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Earlier, President Biden called on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and tighten background checks.

The mayor said an assault weapons ban was passed in the city in 2018, but earlier this month, a Colorado district court judge blocked the city from enforcing its ban. Weaver added, “I’m not certain that if the ban had not been overturned that this killer would have made any different choices.” 

While there are background checks and other measures in place in the state, “the results of yesterday’s shooting show us that they are not strong enough,” Weaver said.  

“I don’t think they are sufficient, and they certainly weren’t sufficient to prevent yesterday’s tragedy,” Weaver said. 

“The only positive thing to come out of this will be that our community will bond together and work through our pain, and then we’ll look to the future and see if there are ways to prevent this from ever happening to another community,” he added.


Two shooting victims were Boulder Valley School District graduates

Two of the victims in Monday’s mass shooting at King Soopers supermarket were recent graduates of area high schools, according to a statement from Boulder Valley School District Superintendent Rob Anderson.

Denny Stong was a 2019 graduate of Fairview High School and Rikki Olds was a 2013 graduate of Centaurus High School, Anderson said in a statement Tuesday.

“Several of the other victims were parents of our graduates and given the fact that this is a close-knit community, there will likely be many other connections to BVSD schools both amongst those who were killed and other victims,” Anderson said.

“While we cannot fathom what would cause such an evil, we know that many in our community acted bravely when faced with unspeakable violence.”

Suspect made homophobic posts on Facebook and expressed belief former high school hacked his phone

A now-removed Facebook profile is shedding more light on the Colorado shooting suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa. 

A high school classmate, and Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa’s brother Ali Aliwi Alissa, confirmed to CNN the Facebook page’s authenticity. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to CNN the company had removed Facebook and Instagram accounts belonging to the suspect.

In a number of Facebook posts, the shooting suspect made homophobic remarks and in two posts, even used anti-gay slurs.  

He also claimed to believe that his former high school had been hacking into his phone. 

“Just curious what are the laws about phone privacy because I believe my old school (a west) was hacking my phone,” the suspect wrote in a March 18, 2019 Facebook post.  

He made a second post on July 5, 2019, also claiming that “racist islamophobic people” were hacking his phone, saying, “let me have a normal life I probably could.”   

When questioned about it by his Facebook friends about how he believed that the school was hacking his phone, Alissa responded, “I believe part racism for sure. But I also believe someone spread rumors about me which are false and maybe that set it off.”  

The profile claims that Alissa attended Arvada West High School; Jefferson County Public Schools spokesperson Cameron Bell confirms he was a student there from March 2015 until he graduated in May 2018.  

Bell did not immediately respond with a comment on Alissa’s Facebook post.

That post comes in light of what his brother also told CNN, namely that he believes the suspect may have suffered from mental illness and that around 2014, Alissa felt he was being followed and chased and became increasingly “paranoid.”  

At one point, his brother remembers Alissa even placed duct-tape over the camera on his computer to block anyone he believed to be following him, he said.

“He always suspected someone was behind him, someone was chasing him,” Ali Alissa said. “We kept a close eye on him when he was in high school. He would say, ‘someone is chasing me, someone is investigating me,’ and we’re like, ‘come on man, there’s nothing.’ … He was just closing into himself.” 

Alissa also posted videos of him purportedly wrestling in high school. He occasionally made posts about his Muslim faith.

“Born in Syria 1999 came to the USA in 2002,” Alissa wrote in his profile description. “I like wrestling and informational documentaries.”  

In 2015, like many Facebook users, he changed his profile picture to the French flag in the wake of the terrorist attacks at a musical venue in Paris. He also shared a post from another Facebook user about Islamophobia in the aftermath of the April 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings.

“The Muslims at the #christchurch mosque were not the victims of a single shooter,” the shared post read. “They were the victims of the entire Islamophobia industry that villified [sic] them.”

Schumer say's he'll bring House-passed background check bills for Senate vote, but doesn't offer timeline

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a news conference on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer declined to comment on Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to the House-passed gun background check bills, when asked by CNN’s Jessica Dean.

Schumer said he’s going to meet with Sen. Chris Murphy, who is sponsoring the Background Check Expansion Act, and other Democrats and they’ll figure out “the best way to move forward” on gun reform legislation.

Biden pressed the Senate earlier today to take up the gun legislation that the House has passed in the wake of a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people at a grocery store. 

The New York Democrat also sidestepped CNN’s question on whether Democrats would consider a narrower piece of legislation on background checks, like Manchin-Toomey, at his weekly policy presser on Tuesday.

Schumer noted that he will bring both the House-passed background check bills to the floor for a vote. He would not, however, nail down a timeline for when he’d bring them to the Senate floor, pointing to how “there’s a whole lot of things that we want to do” like confirming nominees, confirming judges, a China bill, among many others.

Schumer also said that flags at the US Capitol are being lowered to half-staff today to honor the victims of the horrific shooting in Colorado.

Suspected shooter left victims in the parking lot and inside the grocery store, arrest warrant says

Police respond to the scene of a mass shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22. 

Authorities have released the arrest warrant for Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, who is the suspect in yesterday’s mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

The document, released by Boulder County officials, provides new details about the shooting that left 10 dead.

The document describes Alissa as being armed with either an assault rifle or “black AR-15” and wearing a “tactical” or “armored” vest. The 10 victims were “were located in the store and in the parking lot of the business, including a deceased party in a vehicle in the parking lot.”  

The “deceased party” was in a vehicle parked next to a car that officers believe belongs to Alissa’s brother.

“A green rifle case was observed in the front passenger compartment,” the affidavit added.

The document described how “employees observed the suspect shoot an elderly man in the parking lot.”

“The suspect then walked up to the elderly man, stood over him and shot him multiple additional times,” it added.

Although the full chronology of the shooting is still unclear, the document describes SWAT officers making entry into the supermarket and responding to a downed officer, Eric Talley.

“Officer Talley was obviously deceased from a bullet wound to the head,” the affidavit says. 

Shortly after that, the affidavit says an officer “heard SWAT Operators in voice contact with someone.”

That person turned out to be Alissa “walking backward to the SWAT Team to be taken into custody.”

“Alissa had removed all of his clothing and was dressed only in shorts,” the affidavit adds. 

After Alissa was walked out of the store, he wouldn’t tell officers if there were other suspects.

The affidavit says that Alissa’s items that he “removed on scene included a green tactical vest, a rifle (possible AR-15), a semiautomatic handgun, a pair of jeans and a dark colored long-sleeved shirt.”

The affidavit says that “using law enforcement databases, investigators determined that Alissa had purchased a Ruger AR556 pistol on March 16, 2021.”

Alissa faces 10 charges of murder in the first degree and one charge of attempted murder, according to the warrant. 

White House says it is considering executive actions on stricter gun measures

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday the White House is considering taking executive actions on gun safety measures and to address violence in communities. 

“We are certainly considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive actions to address, obviously, you know, not just gun safety measures but violence in communities, so that has been under discussion and will continue to be under discussion,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One. 

Some more context: Earlier on Tuesday, Biden pressed the Senate to take up gun legislation that the House has passed in the wake of a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people at a grocery store. 

Facebook says it has shut down social media accounts of Boulder shooting suspect

Facebook has shut down Facebook and Instagram accounts belonging to the suspect in the Boulder, Colorado, mass shooting, a company spokesperson told CNN Tuesday. 

The Facebook spokesperson said the company is in contact with law enforcement and that it will remove any content that praises the shooting or the suspect. 

Democratic senator says government can combat gun violence the same way they tackled the opioid crisis

Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin speaks during a hearing on gun violence in Washington, DC, on March 23.

Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin said the government can combat gun violence the same way they tackled the opioid crisis. 

“We can do this,” Durbin said during his opening remarks during a hearing on gun violence Tuesday.

“The fact that guns are lawful products with legitimate uses, must not stop us from taking action to reduce gun deaths. Look at opioids. They have a lawful legitimate use, but Congress recognizes the public health catastrophe that resulted from the misuse of opioids, and we did something.”

Durbin said when they announced holding this hearing on “Constitutional and Common Sense Steps to Reduce Gun Violence” last week Tuesday it was prior to the mass shooting in Georgia and as he was preparing his remarks on Monday, 10 people were killed in Boulder, Colorado.

“We can’t keep up with it. I can’t change them in my opening statement, to keep up with it. It just keeps coming at us,” Durbin said.

“We are Senate leaders, what are we doing other than reflecting and praying?” Durbin said. 

Before showing a brief video of a montage of gun violence coverage on the news, Durbin said that an average 109 Americans lives are lost to gun violence – suicides, murders, accidental shootings, homicides – “the numbers are sobering … We’ve seen too many desperate trips to the emergency room too many funerals too many families and communities have been scarred forever by gun violence. We’ve come to accept it as part of American life.” 

Durbin said that while gun violence disproportionately affects people of color “nobody is immune.” 

Senate hearing on gun reform measures is growing tense

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun reform measures.

As the hearing on gun reform measures opened this morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the political red lines that have been a hallmark of the issue for decades reemerge.

In opening statements, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut accused Republicans of having no solutions on guns. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, pushed back, citing efforts he and Sen. Chuck Grassley have undertaken that are more incremental and blasted Democrats for pushing gun reform every time there is a shooting.

“We have had far too many tragedies in our country,” Cruz said. “I’ve been to too damn many of these. Every time there is a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater…”

“Democrats propose taking away guns from law abiding citizens,” Cruz said. “When you disarm law abiding citizens, you make them more likely to be victims. If you want to stop these murders go after the murders.”

Grassley, the top Republican on Judiciary, argued part of the problem is that the police are not funded well enough.

“We cannot reduce violence in our communities without a professional, well-trained and fully-funded police force,” Grassley said.

Today’s hearing comes as President Biden faces growing pressure to act on gun reform after the latest mass shootings in Boulder, Colorado, and in the Atlanta area

In remarks this afternoon, President Biden urged the Senate to pass a pair of House-passed gun reforms, including a universal background checks measure and an assault weapons ban.

Man seen being led away from shooting scene in handcuffs is the suspect, his brother confirms

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is led away in handcuffs from the scene of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22.

Ali Aliwi Alissa confirmed to CNN that the footage of a handcuffed man bleeding from his leg and being led away from the scene of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, is his brother and shooting suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.  

There are two videos that show Alissa: one taken by a live streamer on the ground and another from CNN affiliate KMGH’s helicopter. 

In the videos, the man now identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is seen with his right leg covered in blood and is being led away from the scene in handcuffs, by two first responders.  

In a news conference on Tuesday morning, authorities said they believe he is the only person involved in the shooting and that there is no additional threat to the community. They would not confirm that the man seen being led out in handcuffs was the suspect, but Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold confirmed the suspect was wounded in the leg during “an exchange of gunfire.”

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said Alissa is a resident of the Denver suburb of Arvada, Colorado, who has “lived most of his life in the United States.”

Biden urges Senate to immediately pass House bills on gun reform

President Biden delivers remarks on the Boulder, Colorado, shooting on Tuesday.

President Biden said he would do everything in his power to keep Americans safe following the latest mass shooting in Colorado and pushed the Senate to immediately pass two House-passed gun reforms, including a universal background checks measure and an assault weapons ban.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future,” he said in remarks from the White House.

He listed a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as strengthening the background check system by closing loopholes, as areas he would like to see Congress act on.

“The Senate should immediately pass, let me say it again, the United States Senate, I hope some are listening, should immediately pass the two House-passed bills that close loopholes in the background check system. These are bills that received votes with both Republicans and Democrats in the House. This is not and should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue. It will save lives. American lives. We have to act,” he added.



Biden praises heroism of slain Boulder police officer: "That's the definition of an American hero"

President Biden delivers remarks on the Boulder, Colorado, shooting on Tuesday.

President Biden offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the Boulder shooting and vowed to use all the resources at his disposal “to keep the American people safe.”

“Ten lives have been lost, and more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado. And Jill and I are devastated,” Biden said in remarks from the White House.

Biden praised the heroism of slain Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, one of 10 people killed in yesterday’s shooting.

“I commend the exceptional bravery of Officer Eric Talley. I send my deepest condolence to his family. His close, close family of seven children. You know, when he pinned on that badge yesterday morning he didn’t know what the day would bring. I want everybody to think about this,” Biden said. “But when the moment to act came Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty making the ultimate sacrifice in his effort to save lives. That’s the definition of an American hero.”

The President said he’s been briefed by the FBI and the attorney general on the shooting, and that the White House is working closely with local and state law enforcement officials on the investigation. Biden noted that at this moment, “a great deal remains unknown” about the shooting.

Biden “directed that all flags at the White House be flown at half staff” to honor the victims, according to a White House statement. 

Yesterday’s shooting comes just days after eight were killed in a series of shootings in the Atlanta area. The President is facing growing pressure to act on guns in the wake of these latest mass shootings.

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Go There: CNN answers your questions about the Boulder grocery store shooting investigation 

Ten people, including a police officer, were killed Monday after a gunman opened fire in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

CNN correspondent Dan Simon was live on the scene and answered viewers’ questions about the investigation.



Boulder shooting suspect booked into county jail

The suspect in Monday’s grocery store shooting in Colorado, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, has been booked into Boulder County Jail, according to the jail’s records.

Alissa was booked today at 12:49 p.m. local time, according to the county site.

Officials previously said he was receiving treatment at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Biden orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor victims of Boulder shooting

President Biden has issued a proclamation for flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the Boulder shooting.

A statement just released by the White House says:

“As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, March 27, 2021.”

Biden also directed flags to be flown at half-staff for all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

Just last week, the President ordered the American flags at the White House and on other federal ground to be flown at half-staff as “a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence” in Atlanta.

Shooting compounds trauma already felt by grocery workers during pandemic, union president says

Grocery workers — who already showed heroism throughout the Covid-19 pandemic — were heroes during the Colorado mass shooting, said Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7. The union represents grocery store employees, including those in the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, where 10 people died on Monday. 

“These grocery workers have been through so much over this last year dealing with Covid. You know, customers, the mask issue — it’s been really rough for these employees. … They were heroes throughout this whole pandemic and they were heroes during this incident,” Cordova told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.

“Everybody’s really traumatized. There is a lot of shock,” she added. 

Rikki Olds, 25, has been identified as one of the victims killed in Monday’s shooting at the supermarket. She was a front-end manager at King Soopers, according to her uncle. Olds was a member of the union in another store but transferred over to the nonunion side of the Boulder store, according to Cordova. 

Olds was “very nice, very friendly, very caring,” Cordova said. “She was always happy, just a really great person.” 

Cordova said she believes there are several other employees who died during the shooting, but did not comment further as the investigation is ongoing.


Obama says it's "long past time for those with power to fight this epidemic of gun violence"

Former President Barack Obama put out a statement calling for those in power to address gun violence in the wake of the deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

His statement comes moments ahead of President Biden’s expected remarks on the matter from the White House.

In the statement Obama says:

“It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so. It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence. But we can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war. We can overcome opposition by cowardly politicians and the pressure of a gun lobby that opposes any limit on the ability of anyone to assemble an arsenal. We can, and we must.”

Search of Boulder shooting suspect's home turned up weapons, source says

A search of Boulder shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa’s home turned up other weapons, a senior law enforcement source tells CNN. 

The official also updated the description previously given of the weapon used in the killings. The source describes the weapon as an AR-15-style pistol that had been modified with an arm brace.

Losing community members in supermarket shooting is "indescribable," says man working near store

Mason Alexander was working at a tattoo parlor near the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, when the shooting occurred yesterday, leaving 10 dead

Alexander and his coworkers locked themselves and their customers inside. He said he is still shaken up from it. 

 “We have become a bit desensitized to the shootings in America. But for it to happen right outside of your front door, you know, 500 feet from where you perform your everyday activities … it is shocking. It is scary. It is something I wouldn’t wish anybody to have to go through. … I’m lost for words,” he told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. 

Alexander said it is difficult to know how to deal with mass shootings in the US, but it’s “heartbreaking” and something needs to be done.

“Me sitting here from a place of privilege as well, you know, it’s just difficult to know what to do. We live in a divided country. A lot of people, you know, disagree on a lot of things, so it makes it hard to make progress. I just wish we could kind of look at what is really important, and that’s definitely the lives of everybody. We want to make sure that the lives of people are protected and, you know, we don’t have these senseless acts of violence,” he said.  

To “have fellow community members have their lives taken from them, it’s indescribable,” he added. 


Police just gave an update on the Colorado grocery store shooting. Here's what we learned.

Police, lawmakers and other officials this morning held a news conference following yesterday’s deadly shooting at King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

If you’re just reading in now, here’s what we learned about the victims, the suspect and the investigation:

  • All 10 victims identified: Police read the names of the 10 people killed in the shooting aloud at the news conference. They are: Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Officer Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62 and Jody Waters, 65.
  • A suspect is charged with 10 counts of murder: Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified the suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21 of Arvada, a suburb of Denver, Colorado. She said he has been “charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree and will be shortly transported to Boulder county jail.”
  • There’s no motive yet: Herold said investigators have spoken to the suspect but that they can’t say what his motive may have been at this point.
  • More about the slain officer: Herold said just weeks ago, Officer Eric Talley and family were in her office for an award ceremony for one of his sons, who was honored for saving the life of one of his siblings by performing CPR.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled victim Denny Stong’s last name based on information provided by the Boulder Police Department.

President Biden will deliver remarks on Boulder shooting this afternoon

President Biden will deliver remarks on the Boulder shooting Tuesday before departing for Columbus, Ohio, the White House said in a statement. 

“The President will give brief remarks on the tragedy in Boulder before departing for Ohio this afternoon. We will update the pool with timing on the remarks. He has been receiving regular updates and will continue to be briefed throughout the morning,” the statement said. 

Biden has also “directed that all flags at the White House be flown at half staff,” per the statement. 

Ten people were killed Monday in Boulder, just days after eight were killed in a series of shootings in the Atlanta area. 

Biden is set to depart the White House at 1 p.m. ET.

Boulder shooting victim was "a shining light in this dark world," uncle says

Shooting victim, Rikki Olds, with her uncle, Bob Olds.

Rikki Olds has been identified by both police in Boulder, Colorado, and her family as one of the victims killed in Monday’s shooting at the King Soopers supermarket.

Bob Olds tells CNN that his 25-year-old niece, Rikki, lived in Lafayette, Colorado. She was a “strong, independent young woman” who was raised by her grandparents, said Olds.

Rikki was a front-end manager at the King Soopers, according to her uncle.

Bob said he was trying to get details and finally found out she was gone at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning “after calls to the police department and every local hospital and the coroner’s office we finally received a call back from the coroner’s office.” 

“Unbelievable that we had to wait and agonize over her fate for several hours,” he said.