The bloodied suspect at the King Soopers mass shooting scene in Boulder, Colorado, was led away in handcuffs, according to scenes captured on photo and video. The suspect has been named as Ahmad Alissa.
His Facebook page said he was born in Syria and came to the U.S. in 2002. You can read more about Alissa here.
It was not immediately clear whether the man was the gunman, but it’s since been confirmed that he is Alissa. In an evening press conference, the police chief said a suspect was in custody. Previously, authorities referred to the person in custody — whom they said was injured and was being treated at the hospital — as a person of interest. Police released Alissa’s name on the morning of March 23, 2021. Some sites and social media posts had falsely named another man, Thomas Hayner (or Tommy Hayner) as the Boulder suspect, but authorities have not connected Hayner to the Boulder mass shooting.
You can read about the victims, including Talley, here.
Breaking: VIDEO—Police in Boulder appear to have one suspect who is bleeding heavily from his right thigh in custody at the King Soopers active shooting scene. pic.twitter.com/zUFu2CFxTq
— Chris Weidner (@CWNewser) March 22, 2021
“Our hearts of this community go out to the victims of this horrific incident,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said in an evening news conference. “We know of 10 fatalities at the scene, including one of our Boulder PD officers by the name of Eric Talley.” She called the officer’s actions “heroic.” Talley “was first on the scene, and he was fatally shot,” a visibly emotional Herold said. “Again, my heart goes out to the victims of this incident. … I am so sorry about the loss of Officer Talley.”
Suspect from Boulder Colorado shootings being led out of store. pic.twitter.com/XqMyYXpT7Y
— ribitt2 (@ribitt2) March 23, 2021
She confirmed that “we have one suspect in custody. I want to reassure the community that they are safe.” She said authorities are working with the coroner’s office to identify the other victims. “I know there are people out there waiting for an answer.” She said police would “work around the clock to get this accomplished.”
The suspect’s motive is not yet clear.
However, dramatic imagery did capture a man with a bloody leg being led away.
Here’s what you need to know:
Videos Showed a Man in Handcuffs, Shirtless & Wearing Shorts, as He Was Led Away
We’re on @fox5dc as we monitor an active shooter situation out of Boulder, CO.
— Marina Marraco (@MarinaMarraco) March 22, 2021
Videos and photos showed a shirtless man wearing shorts being led away by police in handcuffs. There was blood on one of his legs.
It was not clear how the man sustained the leg injury. He didn’t appear to be wearing shoes.
Suspect in the Boulder grocery store is in custody. One Boulder police officer killed along with at least 5 others.
More when available. pic.twitter.com/OIfR7aD0E5
— Wendy Patterson Stands with the real truth (@wendyp4545) March 23, 2021
One disturbing video shows a body lying on the ground. “Get 911 right here,” the man recording the video says. “We’ve got injured parties on the ground. We don’t know. There’s a shooter, active shooter somewhere. Could be in the store. He went in the store. Oh my god. Guys we’ve got people down in King Soopers.” Gunfire then rings out in the video.
DEVELOPING: Police are responding to an active shooter at a supermarket in #Boulder, Colorado. Graphic video shows multiple people injured.
(GRAPHIC VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/mKKCRV9Dm8
— YWN REPORTER (@YWNReporter) March 22, 2021
The camera pans to show a body lying on the ground. An elderly man stands in the doorway of the store, uninjured, in the video.
District Attorney Michael Dougherty said in a Monday evening press conference, “The shooter is in custody. He was injured.”
“A tragedy and a nightmare,” is how Dougherty described the mass shooting.
Dramatic and graphic live and other video also emerged from the store, showing at least one body lying near the front of the store. Gunshots could also be heard on video.
A Man Was Streaming Live From the Scene as Gunfire Erupted Inside the Store
Here’s live video above, but you have to click through to watch it on YouTube due to the age restrictions. It shows an armored vehicle at the scene. “Guys this happened… not even 30 seconds ago. I heard gunshots going. Guys there’s an active shooter,” the streamer says.
“People ran out the back door. The active shooter is still in there,” the live streamer said early in the video. He then runs around the store. “Guys we’ve got an active shooter situation at King Soopers,” he says. “He’s inside the building right now.” Police are not yet at the scene as the video streams initially, but you can hear their sirens in the distance.
The grocery store is located at 3600 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, Colorado. The mass shooting broke out about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021.