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.