Shooting in Boulder, Colorado: Live updates

UniqueThis 74 Mar 23

1 min ago

President Biden is delivering remarks now on the Boulder, Colorado, shooting before departing for Columbus, Ohio.

Biden has “directed that all flags at the White House be flown at half staff,” according to a White House statement. 

Ten people were killed Monday in Boulder, just days after eight were killed in a series of shootings in the Atlanta area. The President is facing growing pressure to act on guns in the wake of these latest mass shootings.

1 min ago

President Biden has issued a proclamation for flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the Boulder shooting.

A statement just released by the White House says:

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, March 27, 2021."

Biden also directed flags to be flown at half-staff for all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

Just last week, the President ordered the American flags at the White House and on other federal ground to be flown at half-staff as "a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence" in Atlanta.

16 min ago

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Grocery workers — who already showed heroism throughout the Covid-19 pandemic — were heroes during the Colorado mass shooting, said Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7. The union represents grocery store employees, including those in the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, where 10 people died on Monday. 

“These grocery workers have been through so much over this last year dealing with Covid. You know, customers, the mask issue — it's been really rough for these employees. … They were heroes throughout this whole pandemic and they were heroes during this incident,” Cordova told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.

“Everybody's really traumatized. There is a lot of shock,” she added. 

Rikki Olds, 25, has been identified as one of the victims killed in Monday’s shooting at the supermarket. She was a front-end manager at King Soopers, according to her uncle. Olds was a member of the union in another store but transferred over to the nonunion side of the Boulder store, according to Cordova. 

Olds was “very nice, very friendly, very caring,” Cordova said. “She was always happy, just a really great person.” 

Cordova said she believes there are several other employees who died during the shooting, but did not comment further as the investigation is ongoing.


26 min ago

From Betsy Klein and Kevin Liptak

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama put out a statement calling for those in power to address gun violence in the wake of the deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

His statement comes moments ahead of President Biden’s expected remarks on the matter from the White House.

In the statement Obama says:

“It is long past time for those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so. It will take time to root out the disaffection, racism and misogyny that fuels so many of these senseless acts of violence. But we can make it harder for those with hate in their hearts to buy weapons of war. We can overcome opposition by cowardly politicians and the pressure of a gun lobby that opposes any limit on the ability of anyone to assemble an arsenal. We can, and we must.”
37 min ago

From CNN’s Whitney Wild

A search of Boulder shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa’s home turned up other weapons, a senior law enforcement source tells CNN. 

The official also updated the description previously given of the weapon used in the killings. The source describes the weapon as an AR-15-style pistol that had been modified with an arm brace.

38 min ago

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Mason Alexander was working at a tattoo parlor near the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, when the shooting occurred yesterday, leaving 10 dead

Alexander and his coworkers locked themselves and their customers inside. He said he is still shaken up from it. 

 “We have become a bit desensitized to the shootings in America. But for it to happen right outside of your front door, you know, 500 feet from where you perform your everyday activities … it is shocking. It is scary. It is something I wouldn't wish anybody to have to go through. … I’m lost for words,” he told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. 

Alexander said it is difficult to know how to deal with mass shootings in the US, but it’s “heartbreaking” and something needs to be done.

“It's a hard situation to deal with. … I’m not an elected official. I'm not a politician. But I am an American. And living in America right now is incredibly difficult,” he said.

“Me sitting here from a place of privilege as well, you know, it's just difficult to know what to do. We live in a divided country. A lot of people, you know, disagree on a lot of things, so it makes it hard to make progress. I just wish we could kind of look at what is really important, and that’s definitely the lives of everybody. We want to make sure that the lives of people are protected and, you know, we don't have these senseless acts of violence,” he said.  

To “have fellow community members have their lives taken from them, it's indescribable,” he added. 


1 hr 11 min ago

Police, lawmakers and other officials this morning held a news conference following yesterday's deadly shooting at King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

If you're just reading in now, here's what we learned about the victims, the suspect and the investigation:

  • All 10 victims identified: Police read the names of the 10 people killed in the shooting aloud at the news conference. They are: Denny Strong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Officer Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62 and Jody Waters, 65.
  • A suspect is charged with 10 counts of murder: Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified the suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21 of Arvada, a suburb of Denver, Colorado. She said he has been "charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree and will be shortly transported to Boulder county jail."
  • There's no motive yet: Herold said investigators have spoken to the suspect but that they can’t say what his motive may have been at this point.
  • More about the slain officer: Herold said just weeks ago, Officer Eric Talley and family were in her office for an award ceremony for one of his sons, who was honored for saving the life of one of his siblings by performing CPR.
1 hr 22 min ago

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Biden will deliver remarks on the Boulder shooting Tuesday before departing for Columbus, Ohio, the White House said in a statement. 

“The President will give brief remarks on the tragedy in Boulder before departing for Ohio this afternoon. We will update the pool with timing on the remarks. He has been receiving regular updates and will continue to be briefed throughout the morning,” the statement said. 

Biden has also “directed that all flags at the White House be flown at half staff,” per the statement. 

Ten people were killed Monday in Boulder, just days after eight were killed in a series of shootings in the Atlanta area. 

Biden is set to depart the White House at 1 p.m. ET.

1 hr 15 min ago

From CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji

Shooting victim, Rikki Olds, with her uncle, Bob Olds.
Shooting victim, Rikki Olds, with her uncle, Bob Olds. Bob Olds

Rikki Olds has been identified by both police in Boulder, Colorado, and her family as one of the victims killed in Monday’s shooting at the King Soopers supermarket.

Bob Olds tells CNN that his 25-year-old niece, Rikki, lived in Lafayette, Colorado. She was a “strong, independent young woman” who was raised by her grandparents, said Olds.

Rikki was a front-end manager at the King Soopers, according to her uncle.

“She was so energetic and charismatic and she was a shining light in this dark world,” he told CNN. 

Bob said he was trying to get details and finally found out she was gone at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning “after calls to the police department and every local hospital and the coroner’s office we finally received a call back from the coroner’s office.” 

“Unbelievable that we had to wait and agonize over her fate for several hours,” he said.

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