Boulder suspect Ahmad Alissa passed gun background check: report


A store where the suspect in the Colorado supermarket massacre bought his gun reportedly said the sale was legal after he passed a background check.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, purchased his AR-15-style Ruger AR-556 at the Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, about 20 miles southeast of Boulder, 9NEWS reported.

Store owner John Mark Eagleton said the accused assailant passed a background check before making the purchase.

“We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and the families left behind,” he wrote in a statement to the outlet.

“Ensuring that all sales made in our store are legal has always been and will continue to be the top priority for our business,” continued Eagleton.

The Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, Colorado, where Ahmad Alissa bought a gun and passed a background check.
The Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, Colorado, where Ahmad Alissa bought a gun and passed a background check.
Eagles Nest Armory

“With respect to the firearm in question, a buyer’s background check was conducted as required by Colorado law and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation provided approval for the sale,” he wrote.

“We have cooperated and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement while their investigation continues,” added the owner.

Tactical police units respond to the shooting at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder on March 22.
Tactical police units respond to shooting at King Soopers in Boulder.
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Alissa purchased the Ruger on March 16, shortly after the firearm was legalized in Boulder, where it allegedly killed 10 people at a King Soopers supermarket six days later.

The Syrian native, who faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, appeared in court Thursday for a due process hearing in the mass murder case.

King Soopers who shot suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, appears before Boulder District Court Judge Thomas Mulvahill at the Boulder County Justice Center on March 25.
King Soopers shooting suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, appears before Boulder District Court Judge Thomas Mulvahill at the Boulder County Justice Center on March 25.
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He remains in the custody of the Boulder County Sheriff, but is now housed in an out-of-county correctional facility after jail staff learned of the security concerns and threats.

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