The supermarket shooter Ahmad Alissa (21) from Boulder (USA) has lost ten lives on his conscience. Six women and four men between the ages of 20 and 65 died in the hail of bullets. The names of the victims were announced by the police on Tuesday.
The suspect is in police custody in the hospital because of a leg injury. Alissa should be transferred to a prison as soon as possible, it was said. Police chief Maris Herold emphasized that it was too early to say anything about the motive for the crime.
“Nobody brought the family as much joy as she did”
Denny Stong is the youngest victim of the gunman at the age of 20. He was about to pay for lunch when the shooting started, his friend Dean Schiller told CBS News. “He was such a good and smart boy. His goal was to become a pilot, »continues Schiller.
The youngest of the female victims was called Rikki Olds – she was 25 years old and was the sunshine of the family: “Nobody brought the family as much joy as she,” says an uncle to the US news channel. «Our family is devastated. We stick together to get through our loss, ”he continues.
Kevin Mahoney († 61) had accompanied his daughter Erika Mahoney to the altar last summer. In the photo that the grieving daughter posts on Twitter, her father is beaming with pride.
“Every week there is a shooting in the US”
The population is shocked by the incident – and unsettled: “Boulder feels like the safest place in America, and I was just almost killed because I bought a soda and a bag of chips,” a shocked eyewitness named Ryan Borowski told the station «CNN». He reported that there were several loud bangs in the supermarket. With the third bang, people just ran.
Steve Staeger told NBC that his son-in-law and two granddaughters were in the supermarket at the time of the crime and hidden in a locker room for about an hour. The police finally brought them to safety. He called for a reform of the gun laws: “Every week there is a shooting in the USA. This time it was our turn. That should not be repeated anywhere ».
Unsuccessful calls for stricter gun laws
The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, spoke of a “senseless tragedy”. Colorado Democratic Congressman Joe Neguse complained that grocery shopping was one of the few activities still possible amid the pandemic. It is particularly painful that the lives of the victims there ended so suddenly. “That can’t be our new normal.” People should be able to feel safe in supermarkets, schools and cinemas.
There are calls for stricter gun laws after every major gun attack in the USA – but without any major success. The Democrats in the House of Representatives had recently started a new attempt to legally regulate that arms buyers are more strictly controlled. So far, however, it is not in sight that there will be the necessary majority in the US Senate. Many Republicans are critical of stricter gun laws. The gun lobby is very strong in the United States. (SDA / une)
Published: March 24th, 2021, 4:31 pm