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Colorado shooter identified, charged with 10-counts of first-degree murder

The police in Boulder, Colorado have identified and arrested the suspect behind mid-Monday’s mass shooting that has the US reeling.

The shooting at the King Soopers grocery store left 10 people dead, including the first police officer to arrive on the scene.

In an update Tuesday, the police revealed that they have charged the suspect with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

Police identified the suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year-old Arvada, Colo., man, though his motive for the attack was not specified at this time. Police also identified the 10 victims, whose families were notified by 4 a.m. local time. They range in age from 20 to 65 years old.

“Our hearts got out to all the victims killed during this senseless act of violence,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Tuesday. She pledged that the department would “bring justice to each of these families.”

Suspect, Ahmad Alissa, 21, arrested by the police

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty pledged Tuesday “to make sure that the killer is held absolutely and fully accountable for what he did, to them, to all the loved ones and friends of the victims, and to the boulder community yesterday.”

Dougherty said Alissa was expected to be transported at some time today to Boulder County Jail from a local hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to his leg.

Officials said they are still working to determine a motive in the shooting.  According to Dougherty, Alissa lived “most of his life in the United States,” though he did not provide additional information beyond that.

Monday’s mid-afternoon attack was the seventh mass killing this year in the U.S., following the March 16 shooting that left eight people dead at three Atlanta-area massage businesses.

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