REVEALED: Syrian-born gunman Ahmad Alissa, 21, was known to FBI and ranted about ‘Islamophobes hacking his phone’ before killing ten at Boulder grocery store with assault rifle he bought one week ago

Ahmad Alissa, 21, shown in his booking photo on Tuesday after he was charged with ten counts of murder
Ahmad Alissa, 21, shown in his booking photo on Tuesday after he was charged with ten counts of murder

My cmnt: How in the evil, corrupt world of democrat politics did they allow this nut job to buy a gun? You criminal democrat leaders – stop skirting around our laws – quit demanding new laws when you won’t enforce the ones already on the books!

  • Ahmad Alissa of Arvada, Colorado opened fire at the King Soopers grocery store at 2.40pm
  • He killed two people in the parking lot before entering the store, where he killed another eight people 
  • His motive is still not known; when he surrendered to police, he asked to speak to his mother  
  • In Facebook posts over the last 18 months, he complained that he didn’t have a girlfriend and hated Trump 
  • Alissa’s brother also told The Daily Beast he was ‘very anti-social’ and has been ‘paranoid’ since high school 
  • He described him as mentally ill, said he’d been bullied in school and that it was not politically motivated  
  • His sister-in-law said she’d seen him playing with a gun recently but did not suspect him of violence  
  • The victims range in age from 20 to 65; among them was a cop, shoppers and people who were getting their COVID-19 vaccine  
  • The shooting is the seventh mass shooting in the US in a week and comes six days after eight died in Georgia
  • President Biden on Tuesday called for a nationwide ban on assault rifles and tighter laws on background checks 

By Jennifer Smith and Emily Crane and Daniel Bates In Boulder, Colorado, For Dailymail.Com

Published: 11:07 EDT, 23 March 2021 | Updated: 17:12 EDT, 23 March 2021

Ahmad Alissa, the 21-year-old gunman responsible for a mass shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday, was known to the FBI and had ranted online about ‘racist islamophobes’ hacking his phone. 

Alissa asked if he could speak with his mother after surrendering to police on Monday, having stripped off and laid down his down his Ruger AR-556 rifle, handgun and tactical vest in the supermarket’s aisles. 

A high school wrestler who has been described by his family as ‘mentally ill’, was born in Syria and moved to the US when he was three.

He now lives in Arvada, Colorado, around 30 miles from the grocery store he targeted. 

At 2.40pm on Monday, he opened fire on the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, killing ten people.

He was taken into custody at 3.28pm and was transported to the hospital to be treated for a leg wound. He has since been released from the hospital and is now in Boulder County Jail. 

Police have not yet confirmed his motive. He has been charged with ten counts of murder. 

In Facebook posts over the last 18 months, he complained about not having a girlfriend, ranted about President Trump and talked about his Islamic faith. 

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that he was known to the FBI because he was linked to another person who has been under investigation for something else. They didn’t give any more details.

His brother confirmed he was the shooter in an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday, saying he was  ‘paranoid’ and ‘very antisocial’. 

He insisted that the shooting was not politically-motivated and said:'[It was] not at all a political statement, it’s mental illness. 

‘The guy used to get bullied a lot in high school, he was like an outgoing kid but after he went to high school and got bullied a lot, he started becoming anti-social,’ he said. 

Another told The Denver Post that Alissa was ‘violent’, ‘scary to be around’ and once threatened to kill teammates. 

‘He was kind of scary to be around. His senior year, during the wrestle-offs to see who makes varsity, he actually lost his match and quit the team and yelled out in the wrestling room that he was, like, going to kill everybody. 

‘Nobody believed him. We were just all kind of freaked out by it, but nobody did anything about it,’ Dayton Marvel said. Another, Angel Hernandez, recalled an incident where another wrestler teased him for losing and he just ‘started punching him’.  

Alissa has been arrested at least once before including in 2017 when he punched someone who had made fun of his race. 

In a July 2019 Facebook post, he ranted: ‘Yeah if these racist Islamophobic people would stop hacking my phone and let me have a normal life I probably could.’   

Hernandez, the fellow wrestler, added: ‘He would talk about him being Muslim and how if anybody tried anything, he would file a hate crime and say they were making it up. 

‘It was a crazy deal. I just know he was a pretty cool kid until something made him mad, and then whatever made him mad, he went over the edge — way too far.

‘He was always talking about (how) people were looking at him and there was no one ever where he was pointing people out.  We always thought he was messing around with us or something.’ 

His arrest affidavit, which was released on Tuesday morning, reveals that after shooting a man once in the grocery store parking lot, Alissa then approached him while he was still laying on the ground and shot him again, repeatedly. 

Witnesses described Alissa – who is 200lbs and 5ft 6 – as ‘fat’ and said he was wearing a green tactical vest. When police arrested him, he’d removed the vest, his top and his shoes, and was wearing shorts. He was shot once in the right leg in a standoff with police. 

Alissa’s sister-in-law told police she had seen him playing with a ‘machine gun’ gun in the days before the shooting but that she didn’t suspect anything.

He bought a Ruger AR- 556 pistol exactly a week ago on March 16, 2021.

Monday’s shooting in Colorado is the seventh mass shooting in the country and comes just a week after a gunman killed eight people at three massage spas in Georgia. 

Here’s what our demented, out-of-his-mind, democrat Usurper in Chief had to say:

On Tuesday, President Biden gave an address to the nation about the shooting.

He said he would not ‘speculate’ on the shooter’s motive but used the shooting to call for a ban on assault weapons across the country. 

‘Less than a week after the murders of eight people, while a flag was still flying half staff, another American city has been scarred by trauma

‘While we’re still waiting for more information.

‘I don’t need to wait another minute to take common sense steps that will save lives. We can ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in this country. We should do it again. The Senate should immediately pass the house bills that closed loopholes in the background system. 

‘This is not and should not be a partisan issue.  

‘We have to act. We should also ban assault weapons in the process

‘I’ll have much more to say… but I want to be clear: those poor folks who died left behind families. We can save lives.’ 

End of nonsense from our faux president.

COLORADO SHOOTING VICTIMS

Eric Talley

Officer Eric Talley, 51 

Boulder cop and father-of-seven. One of the first on the scene. 

He had recently changed jobs because he wanted to work away from the front line. 

He was given a hero’s procession from the grocery store to the funeral home on Monday night. 

Rikki Olds, 25

Rikki Olds, 25

Olds was identified by her aunt on Facebook. 

She was an employee at the grocery store. 

Her aunt on Facebook both paid tribute to her and called for the shooter to ‘burn in hell’. 

‘We lost our beloved Rikki Olds to the monster who shot up the king soopers in Boulder CO yesterday may his rotten a** fry and burn in hell,’ her aunt Lori Olds said.  

Teri Leiker, 51

Teri Leiker, 51

Leiker had worked at the store for 30 years and was dating a colleague, Clint. 

Clint survived the shooting. 

Her friends paid tribute to her on Tuesday.  

‘She loved going to work and enjoyed everything about being there. 

‘Her boyfriend and her had been good friends and began dating in the fall of 2019. 

‘He was working yesterday too. He is alive,’ her friend said on Facebook.  

She said Teri signed off all her calls with ‘your buddy Teri’ and that working in the store was her ‘favorite thing to do’.  . 

Kevin Mahoney with his daughter

Kevin Mahoney, 61

Kevin Mahoney with his daughter

Kevin’s daughter Erika Mahoney revealed that her  he was also among the victims.

She tweeted a touching photo of Mahoney walking her down the aisle for her wedding last year, alongside the caption: ‘I am heartbroken to announce that my Dad, my hero, Kevin Mahoney, was killed in the King Soopers shooting in my hometown of Boulder, CO.

‘My dad represents all things Love. 

‘I’m so thankful he could walk me down the aisle last summer. 

‘Thank you to the Boulder PD for being so kind through this painful tragedy.’

Denny Stong, 20

Denny Stong, 20

Friends said Stong was training to be a pilot. 

It’s unclear if he was in the grocery store to shop, or if he was there to get his vaccine.

He was the youngest victim.  

(No photo of Murray)

Lynn Murray, 62

Lynn Murray, a mother-of-two, was a retired New York City magazine photo director who had worked for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour before relocating to Colorado to raise her children.

‘I just want her to be remembered as just as this amazing, amazing comet spending 62 years flying across the sky.’

Jody Waters

Jody Waters

Her family have revealed she was at the store at the time of the shooting to fill an Instacart order.

‘She was an amazing woman, probably the kindest person I’ve ever known,’ her husband John told the New York Times. 

‘Our lives are ruined, our tomorrows are forever filled with a sorrow that is unimaginable. She was one of the greatest people you’d ever want to know: hard working, loving and compassionate, caring, went out of her way to make sure everyone else had a smile on their face.

Tralona Bartkowiak, 49

Tralona Bartkowiak, 49

Tralona Bartkowiak ran a small clothing and artisan store in Boulder and had recently become engaged.

Suzanne Fountain, 59

Suzanne Fountain, 59

Suzanne Fountain was a licensed Medicare agent and financial counselor. 

Neven Stanisic, 23  

No photo or bio.

End of victims list

In his arrest affidavit, cops described how he played with the weapon in front of family. 

‘Alissa was seen playing with a gun she thought looked like a “machine gun” about 2 days ago. She did not believe the gun looked like the rifles she has seen in old Western movies, and that she thought it looked like a “machine gun.” 

‘Alissa had been talking about having a bullet stuck in the gun and was playing with the gun. 

‘{Redacted] and [redacted] were upset with Alissa for playing with the gun in the house and took the gun,’ it read. 

Police have still not yet confirmed that he was the man who was seen being led out of the grocery store in handcuffs, bleeding from the leg, but they did say he was shot in the leg in a standoff with police. 

The victims have been identified as; Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Suzanne Fountain, 59,  Terri Licher, 51, Eric Talley, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jodie Waters, 65. 

Talley was a cop who recently changed jobs to work more away from the front-line. He was also a father-of-seven. 

Leiker had worked at the grocery store for 30 years. She was dating a colleague who survived the shooting. 

Officials revealed at a press conference on Tuesday morning that some of the victims were at the store to get their COVID-19 vaccine.  

Witnesses described him shooting two of three shots then stopping calmly before opening fire again. One survivor said he was not ‘spraying’. 

Harrowing 911 calls reveal how officers feared he was wearing a tactical vest. They told each other to take ‘head shots only’ to bring him down. 

A picture of the gunman is also starting to emerge as friends and family share their shock. 

His 34-year-old brother Ali told the Beast he was ‘deeply disturbed’. 

Others, including some who wrestled with him in high school, say he was a sore loser who sometimes threw tantrums if he lost. 

‘One thing I can tell you is he didn’t take losing very well. 

‘I remember that in wrestling. 

‘He would throw his headgear, wouldn’t talk to the coaches when he lost. 

‘If I remember correctly, even cussed out one of the coaches one time.’ 

At a press conference on Tuesday morning, officials said they still did not know what the shooter’s motive was.  

‘We will make sure that the suspect is held accountable for what he did to them yesterday,’ Boulder District Attorney Michael Douhgerty said. 

He was eventually shot in the leg in a standoff with the cops. 

When police arrived at the scene, they found two victims’ bodies in the parking lot. 

Once inside, they saw another.   

Authorities were heard over a loudspeaker telling Alissa to surrender before he emerged from the store in handcuffs.  

Shortly after learning of the incident, Colorado Gov Jared Polis said in a statement: ‘My heart is breaking as we watch this unspeakable event unfold in our Boulder community. 

‘We are making every public safety resource available to assist the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department as they work to secure the store. 

‘I’m incredibly grateful to the brave men and women who have responded to the scene to help the victims of this senseless tragedy.’

Alissa’s brother told The Beast about an incident when he was in high school and feared he was going to be killed. 

‘[He believed] he was being chased, someone is behind him, someone is looking for him. 

‘When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, “People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.”

‘She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head,’ he said. 

Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver said that ‘words can do no justice to the tragedy that has unfolded this afternoon’. 

‘Our community will soon grieve our losses, and begin our healing.

Our brave police officers and first responders have the gratitude of our entire city.’

White House press secretary Jen Psaki shared Monday evening that President Joe Biden ‘has been briefed on the shooting in Colorado and he will be kept up to date by his team as there are additional developments’. 

In Brussels, Biden’s secretary of state Antony Blinken began remarks at NATO headquarters by offering his ‘deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, including a law enforcement officer’.

Former Rep Gabby Giffords also released a statement about the shooting on Monday, saying: ‘This is an especially personal tragedy for me. 

‘I survived a shooting at a grocery store, in a tragedy that devastated my beloved community of Tucson.

‘It’s been 10 years, and countless American communities have had to face something similar. 

‘This is not normal, and it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s beyond time for our leaders to take action.’

Giffords said that every victim ‘had hopes, dreams and people who loved them. They are no longer with us because of preventable tragedies’.

Colorado previously suffered two of the most infamous mass shootings in US history – massacres that prompted nationwide soul-searching but did not result in major changes to gun ownership laws.

In 1999, two boys shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School before killing themselves. 

Then in 2012, a heavily armed man stormed a movie theater in Aurora, murdering 12. 

The gunman is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The city of Boulder imposed a ban on ‘assault-style weapons’ and large-capacity gun magazines in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting in 2018. 

But a judge last week blocked that ban, local media reported, in a decision hailed by the NRA.  In a statement, the King Soopers chain offered ‘thoughts, prayers and support to our associates, customers, and the first responders who so bravely responded to this tragic situation’. 

‘We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and our store will remain closed during the police investigation,’ the statement reads. 

One thought on “REVEALED: Syrian-born gunman Ahmad Alissa, 21, was known to FBI and ranted about ‘Islamophobes hacking his phone’ before killing ten at Boulder grocery store with assault rifle he bought one week ago

  1. The problem is not that nobody believed him (why should anyone?). The problem is that the principal did not contact the parents and tell them what their kid had said. This works wonders.

    Was it in middle school? Two older kids started swearing during a recess fight and their MOMS (oh the horror) were told about it by the principal. The kids themselves suffered no detention, and as there was nothing wrong with an occasional fight or two during lunch recess, it wouldn’t make sense for the school to try to intervene. But oh my, was the parental intervention technique effective! Both kept clean mouths from that point on.

    In my opinion, the single biggest obstacle standing in the way of stopping school shootings is restoring parental authority and discipline. No kid is afraid of the police. You’re afraid of your parents finding out you caused trouble and of the rod of correction.

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