Boulder Police made the comments on Twitter, responding to what they said were “comments from some in our community who questioned the response time of our officers.”
Police have said they are still trying to determine the motive for the shooting.
Suspect passed a background check when purchasing a gun, store owner says
“We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and families left behind,” said John Mark Eagleton, owner of the Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, in a statement.
The armory will continue to cooperate fully “with investigators, Eagleton said.
“Ensuring that all sales made in our store are legal has always been and will continue to be the top priority for our business,” the statement said.
“With respect to the firearm in question, a buyer’s background check was conducted as required by Colorado law and the Colorado Office of Investigation provided approval for the sale.”
Nothing in the federal system would have stopped Alissa from passing a background check and buying a firearm, a law enforcement source had previously told CNN.
The suspect pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault in the third degree in 2018 after attacking a high school classmate a year earlier, according to court documents and a police report. He was sentenced to one year of probation, 48 hours of community service and anger response treatment, according to court documents.
‘Why that King Soopers? Why Boulder? Why Monday?
“I think the families of the victims and the community are desperate to know why,” he told reporters. “We want to know why. And that will be the focus of our efforts going forward. It remains to be seen whether or not we can determine that.”
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said, “Why King Soopers? Why Boulder? Why Monday? Unfortunately, at this point, we still don’t have those answers.”
Presiding Judge Thomas F. Mulvahill agreed to set the next hearing at “between 60 and 90 days.”
Suspect Moved From County Jail After Receiving Threats
Alissa was released from the county jail after officers learned of “threats toward him” from other inmates, a jail official told CNN.
He was relocated early Wednesday, according to Jeff Goetz, division chief for the Boulder County jail.
Alissa was never in direct contact with inmates and was not injured, but other inmates asked for him and made threats, according to Goetz. These questions were directed to other officers.
CNN’s Travis Caldwell, Samira Said, Ray Sanchez, Keith Allen, and Konstantin Toropin contributed to this report.