Terror attack? Police officer, nine others murdered by Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa in grocery store massacre


BOULDER, CO – Officials have identified the victims killed in the mass shooting that occurred at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22nd. Among those killed was a was a Boulder Police officer who’d responded to the incident.

The identity of the suspected shooter has also been released by officials.

During the afternoon of March 22nd, a mass shooting occurred inside of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder which resulted in 10 victims being killed. Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley was among the slain victims, having been the first officer to respond to the scene of the incident that day.

The 51-year-old officer had been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010. A procession of police and emergency vehicles escorted the fallen officer’s body the evening of the shooting.

Homer Talley, the fallen officer’s father, said that his son took his role as a police officer “very seriously”:

“He took his job as a police officer very seriously.”

Kristen Stillwell, Officer Talley’s sister, took to Twitter following the news of her brother’s passing, writing the following:

“Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar.”

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty also commented on the loss of Officer Talley, saying the following:

“He was by all accounts one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department, and his life was cut far too short.”

The identities of the other nine victims killed in the mass shooting were identified as follows:

  • 20-year-old Denny Strong
  • 23-year-old Neven Stanisic
  • 25-year-old Rikki Olds
  • 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak
  • 59-year-old Suzanne Fountain
  • 51-year-old Teri Leiker
  • 61-year-old Kevin Mahoney
  • 62-year-old Lynn Murray
  • 65-year-old Jody Waters

Boulder Police Department Chief Herold has also recently identified the alleged shooter behind the atrocity that unfolded in Boulder, saying the suspect in custody is 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa.

He’s been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and is currently being held at a local hospital due to a leg injury stemming from the shooting.

Officials say that the suspect will likely be moved to the Boulder County Jail at some point on March 23rd.

Investigators say that the alleged motive behind the shooting is unclear as of this time.

While the suspected shooter’s social media accounts have been taken down, some were able to get a glimpse and screenshots of his online postings before those social media accounts were deleted.

Reports indicate that the shooter was an alleged ISIS sympathizer who would share posts online over his disdain for “Islamophobia”, while also sharing posts of his strong anti-Trump sentiments.

According to a post from Jack Posobiec, President Joe Biden has been briefed on details about the alleged shooter behind the attack:

“BREAKING: Biden has been briefed the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies, per [White House] official.”

In a report from The Daily Beast, the shooting suspect’s brother, 34-year-old Ali Aliwi Al-Issa, described his brother as someone who was irrationally paranoid and may have had issues with mental illness:

“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head.”

Signs of this alleged paranoia are evidenced by some of the screenshots that were obtained from his social media profiles before they were deleted, such as one post where the suspect wrote that “racist islamophobic people” were “hacking” his phone in order to cause him grief.

This is a developing investigation.

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We at Law Enforcement Today provided details regarding the shooting incident as information was first breaking. 

Here’s that previous report from March 22nd as details were first coming in. 


BOULDER, CO – Details are coming in, albeit limited, regarding an active shooter that was inside of a grocery store during the afternoon of March 22nd. Even though the scene is still active, here is what’s known so far about the situation.

News first broke after Boulder Police announced via Twitter that there was an active shooter inside of the Kings Sooper grocery store located on Table Mesa.

Police further directed where media could stage their equipment:

“Media Staging Area is at the intersection of Broadway and Table Mesa. This is still an active scene. Please avoid the area.”

In a follow-up tweet from the Boulder Police Department, they’d noted that the scene was still “very active” while requesting that nobody broadcast any tactical information online:

“Please avoid the area of Table Mesa & Broadway! This is still a very active scene. Do NOT broadcast on social media any tactical information you might see.”

Said notice regarding the request to not showcase tactical positioning online is likely a means to avoid any possible subjects involved in the incident gaining intel that can jeopardize police on scene.

CNN reported, as well as other local outlets, that one individual was seen being taken away in handcuffs. All that was said about the handcuffed subject was that he had a “bloody leg” and was led away from the store by authorities.

It’s currently unclear whether that individual is a suspect in the shooting.

There have been reports of injuries, but it is unclear as to how many as of this writing. Reportedly three medevac helicopters were called in and were landing at Fairview High School during the incident.

Law enforcement sources have told Law Enforcement Today that an officer was among “multiple victims” who were shot.  Police radio chatter indicates that the officer was among at least seven people who have been shot.  Local police have not confirmed that at this point.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis shared the following on Twitter regarding the developing situation:

“Like my fellow Coloradans, I am closely watching unfolding events at King Soopers in Boulder. My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy.”

This is a developing story.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into the situation in Boulder.


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