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Boulder Police Identify 10 People Killed In Shooting At Boulder King Soopers, Including One Officer

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Matt Bloom
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KUNC
A police vehicle outside the Boulder Police Department serves as a memorial for Officer Eric Talley, who was killed while responding to the shooting at a King Soopers on Monday.

Last updated Tuesday at 11:58 a.m.

Yesterday’s mass shooting was personal for many of Colorado’s elected officials, including Gov. Jared Polis, a longtime resident of the city. Polis said he has shopped at King Soopers on Table Mesa frequently.

Speaking in front of the fallen officer’s patrol car this morning, he called the shooting a horror and terror for the entire state.

“This is a pain that we need to sit with,” he said. “We can't let ourselves ever become numb to the pain because we simply can't let this be accepted as anything close to normal occurrence.”

Police have identified a 21-year-old Arvada man as the suspect in the killing of 10 people at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder. A prosecutor said he lived most of his life in the U.S. Authorities also identified nine victims after previously identifying the police officer who had been killed. The victims were men and women who ranged in age from 20 to 65.

U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse, D-Boulder, is calling for gun reforms in the wake of the deadly shooting.

“This cannot be our new normal,” he said. “We should be able to feel safe in our grocery stores. We should be able to feel safe in our schools, in our movie theaters and in our communities. We need to see a change because we have lost far too many lives.”

Neguse said Boulder police officer Eric Talley, who was killed in the shooting, died protecting the Boulder community. He said his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Meanwhile, Colorado state lawmakers are also weighing in. Many gave tearful and emotional speeches this morning.

State Rep. Judy Amabile, of Boulder, read the names of the 10 victims on the House floor. She said she knew one victim from a store she would shop at on Pearl Street.

“She’s gone now. I’m so sad for them and their families,” Amabile said.

Amabile also called on lawmakers to enact changes in the wake of the shooting.

“We have to speak with our actions,” she said. “We have to make it easier to get mental health services than it is to get a gun. We have to address our culture of violence. We have to be loud, not silent.


Earlier Updates

11:31 a.m. - The Boulder Police Department released the affidavit for arrest warrant for the 21-year-old male suspect. He is charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and one count of criminal attempt - murder in the first degree.

The affidavit says the suspect purchased a Ruger AR556 pistol on March 16, 2021. Police believe the suspect put his gear down inside King Soopers. A photograph of the items that the male removed on scene included a green tactical vest, a rifle (possible AR-15), a semiautomatic handgun, a pair of jeans and a dark colored long-sleeved shirt.


11:17 a.m. - Via Twitter, the City of Boulder announced that mental health and emotional support services are available at the CU Events Center, 950 Regent Drive, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These services are free to the public.


9:24 a.m. - Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified the 10 victims of the shooting at Tuesday morning’s press conference. They are:

  • Denny Stong, 20
  • Neven Stanisic, 23
  • Rikki Olds, 25
  • Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
  • Teri Leiker, 51
  • Eric Talley, 51
  • Suzanne Fountain, 59
  • Kevin Mahoney, 61
  • Lynn Murray, 62
  • Jodi Waters, 65

The suspect was identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, of Arvada. He has been charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree and will be transported to the Boulder County jail today.


Monday, March 22 Updates

8:30 p.m. - Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold says there have been ten fatalities. One of those killed , Eric Talley, a 51-year old police officer, had served with the Boulder Police Department since 2010. Talley was the first officer on the scene and Chief Herold called his actions there “heroic.” She expects the investigation to take no fewer than five days to complete.

“These were people going about their day, doing their food shopping. And their lives were cut abruptly and tragically short,” Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as well as the FBI are involved in the investigation.


7:16 p.m. - A reunification center for family members looking for unaccounted for or missing relatives has been established at the CU Events Center at 950 Regent Drive, Boulder. CU Boulder Police is assisting with the effort. Witnesses who have not spoken to police are asked to contact Boulder PD at 303-441-3333.


7:00 p.m. - The Boulder Police Department says multiple victims were killed, including a Boulder police officer. A person of interest is in custody who was injured and is being treated for his injury. There is no ongoing threat to the public.


6:54 p.m. - The press conference is underway. Boulder Police commander Kerry Yamaguchi, Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty and King Soopers spokesperson Kelli McGannon are expected to speak.

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Boulder Police also announced that the shelter in place notice at 17th St and Grove has been lifted.


6:10 p.m. - The Boulder Police Department's press conference has been pushed back again, to 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, University of Colorado Boulder has cancelled classes for the rest of the evening due to the King Soopers shooting.


5:46 p.m. - One person was taken to Foothills Hospital from the shooting at King Soopers, according to a spokesperson for Boulder County Health. That is the only person they expect to receive from the incident. Police have not confirmed how many others were injured or killed. The press conference has been pushed back to 6 p.m.


5:32 p.m. - Gov. Jared Polis is calling the shooting at a Boulder King Soopers an “unspeakable event” and a “senseless tragedy.”

“My heart is breaking as we watch this unspeakable event unfold in our Boulder community,” he wrote in a statement. “This is very much an active situation and we continue to monitor very closely. We ask for your patience as law enforcement works tirelessly to secure the site.”

Polis says the state is “making every public safety resource available” in Boulder and he is “incredibly grateful to the brave men and women who have responded to the scene to help the victims of this senseless tragedy.”


5:12 p.m. - Police are asking people to avoid 17th Street and Grove, near Boulder High School, due to an “armed, dangerous individual.” Boulder Police say they're investigating whether this is related to the Table Mesa King Soopers shooting that began shortly before 3:00 p.m. today.

A press conference on the situation is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.


4:51 p.m. - Gov. Jared Polis is describing a shooting incident in Boulder this afternoon as a "tragedy." But it is not yet clear how bad that tragedy is, Polis said in tweet, expressing sadness and grief.

The incident began earlier this afternoon at a King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive, a few miles south of the University of Colorado campus. A massive police presence remains in the area, along with several ambulances.

At this hour, KUNC is working to confirm reports of possible victims and awaiting word from police officials.


3:56 p.m. (AP) - Authorities in Colorado responded to what they said was an active shooter at a supermarket Monday.

It's unclear if anyone has been injured, but a shirtless man with blood running down his leg was escorted out of the store in handcuffs by two police officers.

Police in Boulder tweeted Monday that the shooter is at a King Soopers grocery store.

Television helicopter video showed law enforcement vehicles and officers massing outside, including SWAT teams, and at least three helicopters on the roof of the store in the southern part of the city of Boulder.

Officers had their guns drawn outside, and some windows at the front of the store were broken.

An ambulance pulled away from the store, apparently carrying the bleeding man brought out of the store in handcuffs.

The windows of the store appear to be broken, according to a bystander live video on YouTube. TV footage showed officers helping two people to safety.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.