What we know about the suspect in the Boulder King Soopers shooting

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BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — The Boulder Police Department says the suspect in the King Soopers shooting has been identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, of Arvada.

Ahmad Alissa is accused of killing 10 people at a King Soopers in Boulder. This photo was taken when he was booked on 10 murder counts on March 23, 2021. (Credit: Boulder Police Department)

BPD said officers were dispatched to the King Soopers at 3600 Table Mesa Drive at 2:40 p.m. for a report of an active shooter.

Officers entered the store within minutes and made contact with Alissa. Gunfire was exchanged and the suspect was shot, according to BPD. He was taken into custody around 3:28 p.m.

According to an affidavit obtained by FOX31, Alissa had removed most of his clothing and left it in a pile with a green tactical vest, a rifle and a handgun before surrendering to police.

Alissa was then taken to the hospital for what was described as a “through and through” bullet wound to his upper right thigh. He is expected to be released and transported to the Boulder County Jail on Tuesday.

Police found a black Mercedes sedan in the grocery store parking lot registered to Alissa’s brother. They said there was a green rifle case near the front passenger’s seat.

A court document obtained by the FOX31 Problem Solvers shows Alissa had a run-in with the law in 2017 when he was accused of “cold cocking” a class mate at school.

The victim, according to the records, fell to the floor after the suspect was accused of punching him in the head.  The victim suffered bruising, swelling, and cuts to the head as well as pain, according to the records.

The court records suggest that Alissa was concerned because he said the victim “had made fun of him and called him racial names weeks earlier.”

Court records show Alissa pleaded guilty to an assault charge in the case in 2018.

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