The suspect in a grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colo. has been charged with ten counts of first-degree murder, including in the death of the first police officer to arrive on the scene, authorities told the public Wednesday, according to Fox News.
Democrats and far-left media figures initially identified the suspect as white, with no evidence, a suspicion now revealed to be false. Police soon identified the suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa—a 21-year-old Arvada, Colo. resident who was born in Syria. The motive for the crime was not immediately specified.
Vice President Kamala Harris’s niece, Meena Harris, took to Twitter after the revelation to apologize for assuming the gunman was white.
“I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting,” Harris wrote. “I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.”
Harris was not the only one to use the tragedy as an excuse to rage about race. A number of verified Twitter accounts followed suit, claiming that the shooter was a white man. Caleb Hull took to Twitter, posting a screenshot of a number of Twitter accounts saying that “it’s always an angry white man.”
Feminist activist Amy Siskind claimed that the shooter was “almost certainly a white man” because he was apprehended and not shot on the spot. However, once she learned the facts of the situation, she pivoted to suggesting that people should mourn the victims and not focus on the identity of the killer.
Meena Harris, before she deleted the tweet, posted that “violent white men are the greatest terrorist threat to our country.”
After learning the identity of the suspect, authorities released the names of the ten victims, whose families were informed of the horrific incident early in the morning. The victims range in age from 20 to 65 years old.
Fox News reported:
Authorities have identified the victims as Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.
The suspect’s family said that he suffered from mental illness and was “very anti-social” and paranoid. The suspect’s brother reported that while in high school, the suspect claimed that he was “being chased, someone is behind him, someone is looking for him.”
“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,” the brother said.
The suspect’s brother went on to suggest that the crime may not have been initiated by politics.
“[It was] not at all a political statement, it’s mental illness,” he said, according to the Daily Wire. “The guy used to get bullied a lot in high school, he was like an outgoing kid but after he went to high school and got bullied a lot, he started becoming anti-social.”
The brother went on to say that another sibling and other family members were detained by the authorities, and their home was searched as a result.
The suspect was reportedly born in Syria but had spent the majority of his life in the US, according to the police.
The Daily Wire noted:
The suspect’s Facebook profile says he was born in Syria in 1999 and came to the U.S. in 2002. He also posted information rebuking former President Donald Trump and discussed his history as a high school wrestler.