Ahmad Alissa's sister-in-law body-shames him after arrest in shorts, says he always 'looked pregnant'
Police interviewed Alissa's sister-in-law, who told them that he usually wore a medium-sized T-shirt, weighed over 200 pounds, and looked 'like he has a beer belly or like he is pregnant'
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa allegedly gunned down 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado supermarket in broad daylight on Monday. According to a police affidavit, the Syrian-American suspect was wearing nothing but his boxer shorts and bleeding from a bullet wound when police took him into custody.
"The suspect did not answer questions, though he asked to speak to his mother," the affidavit stated.
As part of the investigation, police interviewed Alissa's sister-in-law, who told them that he usually wore a medium-sized T-shirt, weighed over 200 pounds, and looked "like he has a beer belly or like he is pregnant." Authorities detailed how Alissa allegedly went on a shooting rampage at the King Soopers grocery store on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. As he opened fire, the alleged shooter fatally struck police officer Eric Talley in the head.
Police said Alissa stripped down to his boxer shorts before surrendering to SWAT team operators. Video footage from the scene captured from various angles showed the gunman bleeding from his right leg, which was later found to be a bullet wound through his thigh.
Officers recovered a green bulletproof vest, a semiautomatic handgun, a rife, and some discarded clothes as they subsequently brought Alissa to a hospital for treatment. "There was much blood around the items," the affidavit stated.
Police found a rifle case inside a Mercedes C sedan found in the grocery store parking lot. The car was later found to have been registered to Alissa's brother. Authorities later identified the victims as Officer Talley, 51, Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.
Alissa is now facing 10 counts of first-degree murder an additional charge of attempted first-degree murder, Fox News reported.
The mass shooting suspect came to America in 2002. In a now-deleted Facebook page, the Boulder shooting suspect jotted down his thoughts and his bio revealed he was born in Syria in 1999. The 21-year-old was identified by the Boulder Police Department a few hours after officers were deployed to 3600 Table Mesa Drive at a King Soopers grocery store where an active shooter was reported.
The suspect's identity was reportedly already known to the FBI because he was linked to another individual being investigated by the bureau. Boulder law enforcement said they had two encounters with Alissa in 2018 — one on a report of third-degree assault and one about criminal mischief. However, it is unclear if he was convicted in those cases.
With tears in her eyes, Boulder Police Chief Maris Harold said, “I want to say to the community, I am so sorry this incident happened,” adding, “And we are going to do everything in our power to make sure this suspect has a thorough trial and we do a thorough investigation.”