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Yesterday afternoon, the country experienced another home base massacre as a gunman opened fire at a Colorado supermarket, which left 10 people dead, including the market’s store manager and a police offer.
According to a CNN report, suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, of Arvada, which is near Denver, is accused of opening fire Monday afternoon at the King Soopers store in the university city of Boulder, killing people ranging in age from 20 to 65. Alissa now faces 10 counts of murder in the first degree. While motive for the mass shooting is currently unknown and being investigated, the unfortunate event is added to the growing list of hate crimes and shootings that the country is once again experiencing, as many have taken to social media to share instances of street vendors being killed as well as the outcry and protests to #StopAsianHate.
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Boulder police apprehended Alissa less than an hour after panicked 911 callers told dispatchers of the killings taking place. As police also stood off with the suspect, Alissa was shot in the leg and known to be in stable condition in the hospital, but will be jailed after his treatment is finished.
Over the past weeks, the United States have witnessed an increase in shootings that have left several dead and have been widely spoken out on social media and the news as hate crimes. President Joe Biden addressed the country today, sending his condolences to the families affected by this act, and praised the slain officer Eric Talley.