Was Boulder Store shooter escorted safely to car? New videos fuel racism debate: 'Blacks murdered for existing'
At least six people and a cop were killed in a mass shooting at a Colorado store on Monday, March 22. The police have confirmed that the suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa – a 21-year-old Syrian-born man – has been taken into custody, but haven’t revealed details about the victims. The devastating incident is said to have taken place just before 3 PM at the King Soopers store on Table Mesa Drive.
The investigation is underway, but the motive behind the mass shooting is yet to be determined. Multiple reports suggest that at least 6 were shot to death, however, the police told during a press conference that they wouldn’t confirm the number of casualties until the family members are notified. While the nation is appalled by the tragic incident, the majority of them are furious about the cops’ treatment of the suspect, who was safely “escorted” after the shooting, before being driven away in an ambulance.
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The public was piqued by the television helicopter footages that showed the suspect, a shirtless man with blood running down one of his legs being escorted out of the store with handcuffs. The video also shows the suspect being driven away in an ambulance to treat the injuries he incurred during the shooting.
As the news surrounding the shooting swirled on social media, people in large numbers took to Twitter to condemn the authorities for their treatment of the suspect, which they assert would have been different it was a Black man. This sparked outrage among Twiterrati, who have dubbed this as a “racist” move.
One agitated Twitter user wrote, “No, I didn’t want the Boulder Police to murder the shooter. I want him to be held accountable. Even this mass murderer deserves due process.I wish Police would treat Black people the same. Time & time again, police prove that they can take in a suspect alive even when armed.” Another added, "the shooter in boulder was safely walked to the car after killing multiple people AND shooting at the police while Black people are murdered by the police for literally just existing. f**k cops and f**k this country." One asked, "Could the Boulder police be sued for NOT doing what they would do to a Black shooter?"
No, I didn’t want the Boulder Police to murder the shooter. I want him to be held accountable. Even this mass murderer deserves due process.— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) March 23, 2021
I wish Police would treat Black people the same. Time & time again, police prove that they can take in a suspect alive even when armed.
the shooter in boulder was safely walked to the car after killing multiple people AND shooting at the police while Black people are murdered by the police for literally just existing. fuck cops and fuck this country. pic.twitter.com/3dSWuxSUBd— M (@dumbcunt1717) March 23, 2021
Could the Boulder police be sued for NOT doing what they would do to a black shooter?— John Roth (@JohnRot35436903) March 23, 2021
Meanwhile, Boulder Police Department Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said in a press conference following the shooting, "We had a very tragic incident today here at the King Soopers. During this trying time, I would ask the media and the public to honor the privacy of the officer's family and his coworkers here at the police department."