(TheFreedomFlag.com)- The FBI previously knew about the Colorado shooting suspect because he was linked to someone else who was once under investigation.
Law enforcement officials recently released that information about Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the 21-year-oldarrested and charged for killing 10 people in a mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
In 2018, as a senior at Arvada West High School, Alissa was convicted of misdemeanor assault for his involvement in a fight with another student in a classroom. At the time, he told police he attacked the student because he was being insulted and taunted for his ethnicity.
According to the affidavit in that case, Alissa “got up in the classroom, walked over to the victim & ‘cold cocked’ him in the head.”
Alissa was sentenced to community service and probation for that incident.
David Snelling, a detective with the Arvada police, said police investigated Alissa in 2018 for another incident. It was a criminal mischief complaint.
Other students at the high school said Alissa had a serious temper, and he would lash out when he was made fun of, according to a New York Times report. The Times also reported that Alissa’s brother told the Daily Beast that his brother was “mentally ill, paranoid and antisocial.”
Other relatives described past occurrences where Alissa told them he believed people were chasing him or following him. They believe he was suffering from a mental illness that could have contributed to the events.
Police have said that Alissa was armed with both a pistol and a semiautomatic rifle that was “military style” when he went into the King Soopers grocery store. Through an affidavit filed Tuesday, police also said the suspect bought the Ruger AR-556 pistol last week.
Alissa is being charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree. In Colorado, that charge would carry a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Times reported that Alissa was born in Syria in 1999, citing court records. Alissa “lived most of his life in the United States,” though, according to the Boulder County district attorney, Michael Dougherty.
Alissa lived in Arvada, a suburb of Denver. At this point, police haven’t uncovered a motive for the shooting. They do believe that he was the only shooter in the incident, though.
Alissa was struck by a bullet during the shooting. It was a “through-and-through” wound to his leg. He was wearing a tactical vest, police said. He was first taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, and then was transferred to jail.
Following the shooting, police detectives searched Alissa’s home. There, his sister-in-law told them Alissa was playing with a weapon she said looked like a “machine gun” only two days before the shooting at the grocery store.
The question now, of course, is could anything have been prevented before this incident happened? Could anyone have intervened or offered help that would have stopped Alissa from entering the grocery store that day?