Suspect in Colorado shooting bought gun legally

The Syrian native and U.S. citizen faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

One of the 10 people killed was Boulder police officer Eric Talley, who was the first member of law enforcement to arrive at the scene.

"Their actions saved other civilians from being killed", Dougherty said about the officers.

He said that officers responding to the initial 911 calls on Monday faced "a very significant amount of gunfire" from the shooter. Prosecutors said "additional charges" would be filed in the coming weeks.

Colorado has enacted laws that require background checks for gun purchases, limit the ammunition magazine capacity and enable courts to temporarily seize the gun of someone deemed risky.

Herold said the suspect, identified earlier as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, legally purchased an AR-556 pistol at a gun store in his hometown.

Doughtery said the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were investigating the guns that Alissa had on him that day as well as other firearms that are connected to him, and that a large team was still processing a highly complex crime scene. He did not use a handgun also in his possession during Monday's attack, Dougherty said. Herold didn't say how Alissa obtained it.

"Ensuring every sale that occurs at our shop is lawful has always been and will always remain the highest priority for our business". It is less than a half-mile from one of the restaurants Alissa's family owns and about 3 miles (5 kilometres) from his family's house in Arvada.

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Ten people were killed in the rampage Monday at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, including a police officer.

Although the suspect had a misdemeanor on his record, that would not have prevented him from purchasing a firearm legally.

If Alissa had been convicted of a felony, his gun purchase would have been prohibited under federal law. "And I want to make sure that the people of Boulder have the opportunity for this trial to be held and for justice to be done here".

Also on Friday, law enforcement officials said that they made a decision to move Alissa from one correctional facility to a new one after he received death threats to his safety. Talley's handcuffs were used to transport Alissa to jail, Boulder police said.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was first put on suicide watch when he was processed at the Boulder County Jail this week, which is protocol for high-profile suspects, Boulder County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Carrie Haverfield told ABC News.

Alissa is being held without bail and has not yet entered a plea.

"We can not begin to assess the nature and depth of Mr. Alissa's mental illness until we have the discovery from the government", said Kathryn Herold, an attorney for Alissa, at the Thursday hearing. The 51-year-old joined the Police Department in 2010.

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