Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store, where residents had gathered to shop and receive COVID-19 vaccines.
The victims range in age from 20 to 65, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said.
The officer, 51-year-old Eric Talley, was fatally shot. He was the first member of law enforcement to arrive at the scene, Herold said.
The other victims were identified as: Denny Strong, 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.
The shooting was reported at about 2:40 p.m. local time, police said. Officers arrived within minutes, entering the store and engaging with the suspect, who was shot in the exchange of gunfire, according to police.
The suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, of Arvada, Colorado, suffered a leg wound and was taken into custody at 3:28 p.m. Monday, the chief said.
The suspect has been charged with 10 counts of murder, Herold said. He will be taken to the Boulder County Jail once he is released from the hospxital, which is expected on Tuesday, Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.
The chief said she lives several blocks from the store.
“I feel numb. And it’s heartbreaking,” she said.
“The loss of life is truly heartbreaking and unimaginable,” Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse said at a Tuesday news conference.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Emily Shapiro, Ivan Pereira, and Jeffrey Cook