Boulder shooting suspect makes 1st court appearance as community grieves

EMILY SHAPIRO
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The 21-year-old accused of gunning down 10 people, including a police officer, at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday made his first court appearance Thursday.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, of Arvada, Colorado, was taken into custody about 50 minutes after the shooting was reported. He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of criminal attempt - murder in the first degree.

At Thursday's court appearance, prosecutors said additional charges are expected in the next few weeks.

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Defense attorneys said more time is needed to assess Alissa's mental health.

Alissa was held without bail and the judge ordered a status conference to take place in about 60 to 90 days.

A possible motive has not been released. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the suspect bought a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16.

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The Boulder community gathered in grief at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night, singing "Amazing Grace" through their masks.

PHOTO: Mourners embrace at a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at a grocery store earlier in the week, March 24, 2021, outside the courthouse in Boulder, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)
PHOTO: Mourners embrace at a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at a grocery store earlier in the week, March 24, 2021, outside the courthouse in Boulder, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)
PHOTO: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil outside the Boulder County Courthouse on March 24, 2021 in Boulder, Colo., a few days after a mass shooting at a grocery store that left ten people dead.  (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil outside the Boulder County Courthouse on March 24, 2021 in Boulder, Colo., a few days after a mass shooting at a grocery store that left ten people dead. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The 10 victims range in age from 20 to 65 and include Boulder police officer Eric Talley, who was the first member of law enforcement to arrive at the scene.

PHOTO: A sign honoring the 10 victims adorns a fence at the site of a mass shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., March 23, 2021. (Kevin Mohatt/Reuters)
PHOTO: A sign honoring the 10 victims adorns a fence at the site of a mass shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., March 23, 2021. (Kevin Mohatt/Reuters)
PHOTO: A solemn group of King Soopers employees, left, some from the Boulder store and some from the same district, gather after placing flowers for each of the victims of a mass shooting at a Boulder Kings Soopers store, March 23, 2021. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
PHOTO: A solemn group of King Soopers employees, left, some from the Boulder store and some from the same district, gather after placing flowers for each of the victims of a mass shooting at a Boulder Kings Soopers store, March 23, 2021. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

The other victims were identified as: Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.

PHOTO: Josie Elowsky cries and hugs her friend, Nirbisha Shetsha, at the site of a mass shooting at King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., March 23, 2021. (Alyson Mcclaran/Reuters)
PHOTO: Josie Elowsky cries and hugs her friend, Nirbisha Shetsha, at the site of a mass shooting at King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., March 23, 2021. (Alyson Mcclaran/Reuters)

As Talley's body was escorted from the coroner's office to the funeral home on Wednesday, fellow officers gathered on roads and overpasses to show their support.

PHOTO: Law enforcement vehicles escort the body of slain Boulder Police officer Eric Talley to a funeral home, March 24, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Law enforcement vehicles escort the body of slain Boulder Police officer Eric Talley to a funeral home, March 24, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

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