THE alleged Boulder shooter was reportedly paranoid and posted about racist Islamophobes before "killing 10 people."
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, has been charged after rampaging through a grocery store with an AR-15-style rifle, leaving 10 dead.
Ali Aliwi Alissa, the suspect's 34-year-old brother, told The Daily Beast that Ahmad was "very anti-social" and, during high school, would describe "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," Alissa told the outlet, reportedly admitting that he believes his brother is mentally ill.
He also told the Beast that his house was searched by authorities following the shooting.
According to a Facebook page, that appeared to be Ahmad's, he was "born in Syria 1999" before he "came to the USA in 2002."
WHAT WE KNOW:
- Ten people died in a gun massacre at a supermarket in Boulder.
- Witnesses said a man in tactical body armor shot victims one by one with a rifle.
- A bearded suspect wearing only his underwear and covered in blood was led away in handcuffs.
- The injured suspect was taken to hospital for treatment.
- Boulder police officer Eric Talley, 51, was killed as he responded to reports of an active shooter.
- Rikki Olds, 25, was named among the dead by her family.
The 21-year-old would post regularly on Facebook, including sharing the hashtag "NeedAGirlfriend" and sharing memes about video games.
He also made a claim that "racist Islamophobic people" were "hacking my phone" and stopping him from having a "normal life."
Ahmad also shared a video that's caption claimed it showed a "corrections officer turn off his body cam before repeatedly punching an inmate with a mental health condition," which he caption: "This is not okay."
NBC’s Pete Williams said on MSNBC that his federal sources said there is no indication that the shooting was an act of terror or a hate crime.
Footage showed the shirtless Alissa, 21, covered in blood being led away in handcuffs as terrified survivors told how they fled yesterday afternoon's massacre in Boulder, Colorado.
Alissa was named as the alleged shooter by Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold during an 8.30am press conference, who said that dozens of agencies had investigated the massacre.
The victims ranged in age from 20 to 65 and Mayor Sam Weaver said the community felt this loss "in our bones."
Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stoanisic, 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 were the 10 victims.
Police officer Talley, 51, a dad of kids as young as five, was one of the first on the scene and was gunned down as he raced inside to tackle the killer minutes after the rampage began at 2.30pm.
Weaver described him as a truly heroic public servant and said "we can never thank Officer Talley or his family enough for his sacrifice."
The Boulder Police Department confirmed nine other people died at the King Soopers grocery store on Table Mesa Drive – and Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty vowed that Alissa would be brought to justice.
FBI Special Agent Michael Schneider appealed to the public to come forward with any information they may have about the shooting, saying "no information is too small."
"[This] includes identifying the subject's motives," he said. "It would be premature for us to draw any conclusions at this time."
Herold said that the suspect Alissa from Arvada suffered a "through and through" wound to his leg and officials confirmed that he was in hospital before being brought to jail later today.
Alissa is facing 10 counts of first degree murder and his brother, Ali Aliwi Alissa, 34, described him as paranoid and “very anti-social," telling the Daily Beast that he believes his sibling is mentally ill.
Olds was initially named as one of the victims in online posts by her family before police confirmed it this morning.
“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,” aunt Lori Olds wrote on Facebook.
Witnesses said a man in tactical gear was silent as he carefully picked off his victims with a rifle in the parking lot before moving inside the store.
“He just came in and started shooting,” one shopper told The Denver Post.
Another said the gunman “let off a couple of shots, then was silent, and then he let off a couple more. He wasn’t spraying.”
Sarah Moonshadow, 42, said: “He shot right at us. I didn’t look. I just ran.”
She fled outside with her 21-year-old son, still clutching the strawberries they had just bought at the checkout.
Sarah told Denver's ABC7 she saw a victim lying on the ground outside and ran over to help.
She said through tears: “My son grabbed me by my coat and said, ‘No, we can’t help him. We gotta go.’
“I wanted to try to help that guy in the road and I couldn't because he was just too close and we had to get away.”
Another shopper, James Graham, said he could smell gunpowder as he ran from the store.
He said: “I probably heard 30 shots. It was just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.
“It was the most terrifying event I’ve ever been through.
"I mean, I’ve been through an active shooter drill, but… This happened so fast, and it was so loud… I’m still in shock over it."
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