SYRIAN BORN GUNMAN ON FBI RADAR PRIOR TO BOULDER SHOOTING
Syrian-born gunman Ahmad Alissa, 21, was known to FBI and ranted about ‘Islamophobes hacking his phone’ before killing ten at Boulder grocery store with assault rifle he bought one week ago.
The shooting is the seventh mass shooting in the US in a week and comes six days after eight died in Georgia. President Biden on Tuesday called for a nationwide ban on assault rifles and tighter laws on background checks .
Alissa asked if he could speak with his mother after surrendering to police on Monday, having stripped off and laid down his down his Ruger AR-556 rifle, handgun and tactical vest in the supermarket’s aisles.
A high school wrestler who has been described by his family as ‘mentally ill’, was born in Syria and moved to the US when he was three. . . .
At 2.40pm on Monday, he opened fire on the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, killing ten people.
He was taken into custody at 3.28pm and was transported to the hospital to be treated for a leg wound. He has since been released from the hospital and is now in Boulder County Jail. . . .
He has been charged with ten counts of murder. . . .
His brother confirmed he was the shooter in an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday, saying he was ‘paranoid’ and ‘very antisocial’.
He insisted that the shooting was not politically-motivated and said:'[It was] not at all a political statement, it’s mental illness.
‘The guy used to get bullied a lot in high school, he was like an outgoing kid but after he went to high school and got bullied a lot, he started becoming anti-social,’ he said. . . .
‘He was kind of scary to be around. His senior year, during the wrestle-offs to see who makes varsity, he actually lost his match and quit the team and yelled out in the wrestling room that he was, like, going to kill everybody.
‘Nobody believed him. We were just all kind of freaked out by it, but nobody did anything about it,’ Dayton Marvel said. Another, Angel Hernandez, recalled an incident where another wrestler teased him for losing and he just ‘started punching him’.
Alissa has been arrested at least once before including in 2017 when he punched someone who had made fun of his race.
In a July 2019 Facebook post, he ranted: ‘Yeah if these racist Islamophobic people would stop hacking my phone and let me have a normal life I probably could.’ . . .
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(Excerpt from Daily Wire. Article by Jennifer Smith. Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)
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