Live Updates: Police give update on deadly Colorado mass shooting
Updated 23m ago
Biden calls on Senate to close background check loophole
Biden on Boulder shooting, gun violence
President Biden called for the Senate to swiftly pass two measures approved by the House that would expand background checks. “This is not and should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue,” Mr. Biden said before leaving the White House for Ohio. “It will save lives, American lives, and we have to act.”
The president appealed directly to the U.S. Senate, urging it to “immediately” approve two bills passed by the House with bipartisan support this month that expand background checks on firearm sales.
“That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence,” he said of closing the loopholes in the background check system.
Mr. Biden further called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
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Updated 1:11 PM
“Another American city has been scarred by gun violence”
President Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden were “devastated” by the Boulder shooting. “Less than a week after the horrific murders of eight people and the assault on the AAPI community in Georgia, while the flag was still flying half-staff for the tragedy, another American city has been scarred by gun violence and the resulting trauma,” the president said at the White House.
Authorities identify all 10 people killed in shooting
During a press conference Tuesday morning, authorities released the names and ages of all 10 victims from Monday’s shooting. They are:
Tralona Bartkowiak, 49Suzanne Fountain, 59Teri Leiker, 51Kevin Mahoney, 61Lynn Murray, 62Rikki Olds, 25Neven Stanisic, 23Denny Strong, 20Officer Eric Talley, 51Jody Waters, 65
Suspect charged with 10 counts of murder
During a press conference Tuesday morning, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said the suspect, identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, has been charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree. Herold said the suspect was in stable condition at a hospital.
Witness describes beginning of shooting
Ten dead in Colorado market shooting
Anna Haynes lives directly across from the supermarket where Monday’s shooting took place, and she said she witnessed the beginning of the shooting from her window.
“He was on one of the handicap ramps going up to the entrance of the King Soopers, and he was shooting down at something, which I believe was another person, and after he was done shooting, he ran inside the building,” Haynes said.
Updated 9:19 AM
Heartbreaking tweet from slain officer’s sister
Officer Eric Talley’s sister Kirstin took to Twitter Monday night to express her profound grief. Talley, a father of seven, is the Boulder officer killed in the mass shooting in a supermarket Monday.
Kirstin said, “Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar.”
Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar. pic.twitter.com/tgt2DxPsqz
— Kirstin (@Roozersmom) March 23, 2021
Police procession for officer killed in Colorado supermarket shooting
Procession for fallen Boulder police officer
A police procession was held Monday night for Officer Eric Talley, who was among the 10 people killed in a supermarket shooting in Boulder, Colorado. Watch part of the procession here.
Updated 10:35 AM
“Enough is enough”: Colorado leaders share condolences and anger
Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse on Boulder shooting
Colorado Governor Jared Polis and other elected leaders have tweeted about the shooting in Boulder, offering condolences and expressing anger. Polis said late Monday he is grieving with all Coloradans and that “Today we saw the face of evil.”
State Rep. Tom Sullivan also shared his condolences for victims and their families and indignation for the events. Sullivan lost his son in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. “Simply don’t have the words and doing all I can to maintain the strength I will need to get through this day. We don’t have to live like this. We must do more!” he tweeted.
Rep. Joe Neguse, who is seated in the Boulder district, shared sharp words for the continued tragedy Americans endure.
“Twenty-one years ago, as a young student in Douglas County, I joined many Coloradans in weeping for the victims of the terrible massacre at Columbine High ten minutes from my high school. Two years ago, I felt the fear that so many Coloradans experienced learning of the shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, where my niece — a kindergartner — was locked down, as we all wept at the tragic loss of life. And tonight, I weep for the families of my constituents, who have tragically lost their lives in yet another mass shooting.”
“Enough is enough,” he said, in part.
“Americans should feel safe in their grocery stores. They should feel safe in their schools, their movie theaters and in their communities. While Congress dithers on enacting meaningful gun violence prevention measures, Americans — and Coloradans — are being murdered before our very eyes — day after day, year after year.”
It doesn’t have to be this way. There are steps we can take — and must take — to protect our community; common-sense, broadly supported proposals that will save lives. If we are truly invested in saving lives, then we must have the willpower to act and to pass meaningful gun reform. The time for inaction is over.”
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Updated 7:57 AM
Slain police officer leaves behind seven children
Police officer Eric Talley was the first to respond when a gunman opened fire at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday afternoon. The 51-year-old father of seven was one of 10 people killed in the mass shooting.
Talley rushed to the scene of a King Soopers supermarket around 2:30 p.m. and was fatally shot, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said during a news conference. The 51-year-old had been with the department since 2010, serving in numerous roles.
Herold called his quick response at the scene “heroic.”
Rest In peace Officer Eric Talley. Your service will never be forgotten #BoulderShooting pic.twitter.com/FVximvhS2E
— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 23, 2021
“I’m grateful for the police officers that responded, and I am so sorry about the loss of Officer Talley,” she said, holding back tears.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said Talley’s life was “cut much too short,” and said a “painstaking investigation is already underway.”
He described Talley as “one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department.”
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