On Mar. 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado a tragic event occurred. 10 people were devastatingly killed at a King Sooper market in Boulder, just six days after the Atlanta spa shootings in which eight people were killed. On Tuesday, Mar. 23, the Boulder shooter was identified to be 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who is now in police custody. The weapon used is said to be an AR-15 style gun.
“I was sad to hear something so tragic had happened but was happy that it was able to be resolved with the shooter being arrested so no more harm would possibly come,” sophomore Heaven Ward said.
His first trial was set for Thursday, Mar. 25. Alissa is being charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one charge of an attempted murder. At the scene of crime, Alissa wore shorts and no shirt as he took the lives of innocent people. The trial resulted in Alissa being inducted into a mental health assessment before the next trial begins. This shooting was not Alissa’s first offense, as he was found guilty in 2018 for third-degree assault and charged for those crimes. Alissa was only 18 years of age when he attacked a classmate at Arvada West high school. He was sentenced to one year probation and 48 hours of community service.
“I have two kids in school at Maclay (one in the Upper School and one in the Pre-K). So I get worried about events like those in Parkland—even though I know we’re relatively safe in our Maclay bubble,” history teacher Paul Berk said. “My son will also be graduating soon, and I fear that when he goes out on his own, something horrible like this might affect him more directly. I want to be more protective of my kids more than ever.”
The 10 victims were 20 year-old Denny Stong, 23 year-old Nevin Stansic, 25 year-old Rikki Olds, 49 year-old Tralona Bartkowski, 59 year-old Suzanne Fountain, 51 year-old Teri Leiker, 51 year-old Eric Talley, 61 year-old Kevin Mahoney, 62 year-old Lynn Murray and 65 year-old Jody Waters. Eric Talley was a Boulder police officer on sight who died. He was the first to arrive at the scene and died a hero.
“My initial reaction was a combination of anger and sadness for the lives lost,” sophomore Paloma Rambana said. “Gun violence has always been a top of mind issue for me. Ever since the Parkland shooting when I was in middle school working on Gun Reform has become one of my main focuses as an advocate.”