June 22, 2021

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Suspect of boulder shooting accused of using a large magazine

Suspect of boulder shooting accused of using a large magazine


DENVER: Colorado prosecutors filed more than 40 felony charges against the man accused of killing 10 people in a Boulder supermarket last month, including charges of using a large-capacity magazine that was banned from the state lawmakers in 2013 in response to mass shootings.
The court document outlining the new allegations also lists 19 new victims – including 11 law enforcement officers – whom Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, is accused of attempting to kill in the attack.
Some of the victims are associated with more than one count of attempted first-degree murder, specifying two different theories about how Alissa allegedly attempted to kill them, either intentionally or out of “extreme indifference” to human life.
Colorado lawmakers have banned the sale of ammunition magazines that contain more than 15 rounds in response to the 2012 mass shootings at a Denver suburban movie theater and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Despite this, an investigation by KUSA-TV found that some Colorado gun shops have circumvented the law by selling disassembled parts of high-capacity magazines that buyers can then assemble.
Boulder investigators said Alissa legally purchased the Ruger AR-556 pistol used in the attack, which resembles an AR-15 rifle with a slightly shorter butt. He bought it six days before the shooting after passing a background check.
Alissa’s defense team asked for time to assess what one of her lawyers referred to as her “mental illness” without providing any details about the condition. The suspect has not yet been asked to file an appeal and public defenders representing him are prohibited from speaking to the media about the case based on the office’s policy.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty is scheduled to speak with reporters Thursday about the investigation and next steps in Alissa’s indictment.