Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa was arrested on March 22, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, United States. During the incident, ten people were killed, including a local on-duty police officer. Ahmad shot in the right leg and was temporarily hospitalized before being moved to the county jail.
Both in December 2021 and April 2022, Al-Issa was found unfit to stand trial following mental tests done as part of the legal proceedings. Prosecutors declared on August 23, 2023, that Al-Issa was mentally fit to face trial and on October 6 of the same year, a judge confirmed this decision.
Where is Ahmad Alissa now?
Prosecutors declared that Al-Issa was mentally fit to stand trial on August 23, 2023. A judge found that Al-Issa lacked the mental capacity to stand trial on October 6, 2023. He entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea on November 14, 2023, and a $100 million bond was granted. The jury selection process was slated to start early in August 2024 with the trial date likely set for that month.
Ahmad Alissa Biography
Ahmad Alissa was born in Raqqa, Syria, on April 17, 1999, and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He is 24 years old, as of now. He is from nearby Arvada, Colorado. In 2002, his family immigrated to the U.S. and moved to Arvada in 2014.
His older brother said that Al-Issa has a history of paranoid, disturbed, and antisocial behavior that developed after Al-Issa was bullied in high school, and his brother was concerned for his mental health. Al-Issa was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2018 for punching a classmate at Arvada West High School.
After pleading guilty to an assault charge, Ahmad was put on probation for a year and told to do 48 hours of community service.
Ahmad Alissa is anti political
Al-Issa stated to his former high school wrestling teammates and on his since-deleted Facebook page that he thought he was the victim of persecution because of racism and Islamophobia. According to Al-Issa’s brother, the shootings weren’t intended to make a political statement.
Charges faced by Ahmad Alissa
Ahmad Alissa was charged with ten counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, after the shooting. Al-Issa was moved to another county due to “safety concerns and threats”.
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He was charged with 43 new felony charges, including 32 counts of attempted murder, 10 counts of using a high-capacity magazine, and one count of first-degree assault.
Ahmad Alissa mental illness
Ahmad Alissa was mentally incompetent to proceed with the trial and judge granted the district attorney’s request to have Al-Issa undergo a second evaluation.