Ahmad Al Issa: Colorado gunman to undergo psychiatric test

Ahmad Al Issa, the man accused of killing 10 people at King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, will go for psychiatric test, as requested by his lawyers.

The 21-year-old was arrested following a shootout with police in a King Sooper grocery store on Monday, March 22.

He is suspected of killing 10 people at the grocery store Monday when he walked in around 2:30 p.m. and began shooting, according to law enforcement. He was taken into custody about an hour later with a gunshot wound in his leg, and remained in the hospital on Tuesday morning.

He was charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree, though officials offered no details on a suspected motive.

Investigators believe there are no other suspects involved in the shooting.

In the meantime, Issa, with the full name, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, will be held in prison without bail.

Judge Thomas Mulvahill of the Boulder County court made the orders today.

Appearing at a hearing in Boulder County court, Alissa affirmed that he understood his rights under the law and understood that he would be held without bail.

Defense lawyers for Alissa requested that the suspect undergo a full mental health assessment, which would likely push back his preliminary court hearing by a couple of months.

Alissa waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 35 days to allow time for that assessment.

“We cannot do anything until we are able to fully assess Mr. Alissa’s mental illness,” said Kathryn Herold, a defense attorney for Alissa.

Herold’s previous clients include a Colorado man who pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in 2018

Another public defender representing Alissa, Daniel King, defended the gunman who killed 12 people in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.

The bloodshed at King Soopers was the nation’s second mass shooting in less than a week, after a gunman fatally shot eight people at three Atlanta-area day spas on March 16.

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