Boulder shooting suspect, now charged with 54 crimes, could face even more counts, DA says

The 21-year-old Arvada man charged with 54 crimes in connection with the March mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers could face even more charges in the future, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said Thursday.

The district attorney’s office late Wednesday added 43 counts to the 11 charges Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa faced for the March 22 attack at the grocery store on Table Mesa Drive that killed 10 people, including a responding police officer.

The new charges included 32 counts of attempted first-degree murder and listed 11 police officers and seven civilians as victims. The amended charging document now lists the victims in the order they were killed and fired upon, Dougherty said, with two distinct entries by police.

The first entry into the store by police included Officer Eric Talley, one of the 10 people killed, and two other Boulder police officers.

“They charged in,” Doughtery said of the first three officers, “and less than 30 seconds after Officer Talley was tragically shot and killed, a second wave of officers… charged back into the King Soopers.”

Alissa also was charged with assault, because one woman fractured her spine as she ran from the shooter, Dougherty said.

Additional charges could be filed in the future as the investigation into the attack continues, he added.

About 115 people were in the store and another 25 in the parking lot when the attack began around 2:30 p.m. that day. Each of the additional counts “represent victims who have a right to be heard,” Dougherty said at a morning news conference about the new charges.

Alissa was also charged Wednesday with 10 counts of carrying illegal large-capacity magazines; Dougherty said investigators found 10 magazines with more than 15-round capacity inside the store and the vehicle Alissa drove to the scene.

Investigators have no indication the magazines were purchased illegally, he said, and declined to elaborate. Investigators also have no reason to believe Alissa had been inside the King Soopers prior to the attack, he said, though he cautioned the investigation is ongoing.

A motive for the attack is not clear, Dougherty said. Defense attorneys have previously said they needed time to evaluate “the nature and depth of (his) mental illness.”

Those killed in the attack were: Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Teri Leiker, 51; Talley, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.

Alissa is scheduled to appear in court on May 25 for a status hearing.

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