When a gunman opens fire in highly populated buildings, there can be many causalities and many injuries to innocent bystanders. In these incidents, survivors struggle to find the reasoning behind the senseless violence.
Colorado Super Market
In Boulder, Colorado. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa went into the King Soopers grocery and opened fire. The Denver resident used an assault rifle he purchased six days prior.
According to ABC7, the 21-year-old was described by people who knew him as a person who had a short fuse, was known for fits of rage. In high school, an unprovoked attack on a fellow student left Alissa suspended and his victim bloody.
According to the District Attorney, they do not yet have a motive for the shooting, nor do they know where the 21-year-old purchased the gun.
A Troubled History
An anonymous official said the family believes Alissa was suffering from delusions and possibly linked to mental illness. There were times he told relatives he was being followed or chased by people.
His sister-in-law saw him “playing with” a weapon that she believes to be the assault rifle.
In the high school incident, Alissa got up from his chair to repeatedly punch a fellow student. The student was left bleeding and vomiting. On top of the suspension, Alissa had probation and community service.
Alissa left many victims in the wake of his random shooting spree, from a photographer to an almost grandfather. One of which was Police Officer Eric Talley. Talley joined the Boulder Police Force in 2010, at the age of 40.
His father, Homer “Shay” Talley, told the AP, “He left his desk job. He just wanted to serve, and that’s what he did. He just enjoyed the police family.”
Talley was first on the scene, running into the store, attempting to rescue people inside the supermarket. District Attorney Michael Doughtery said, “by all accounts, (Talley was) one of the outstanding officers” in the Boulder Police Department.
“When everyone else in the parking lot was running away, he ran toward it. We know where he is. He loved his family more than anything. He wasn’t afraid of dying. He was afraid of putting them through it.”Shay Talley
Alissa left a total of 10 people dead.
Giving His Life For Others
Talley left his civilian job to join the police force and serve his community. He knew what it took to be a successful police officer and, unfortunately, gave his life trying to keep his community safe.