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Family reprimanded Colorado shooter for 'playing' with 'machine gun' in house days before attack

   March 24, 2021 5:59 AM
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by Josh Marcus

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Police have revealed the gunman suspected of killing 10 people in a mass shooting on Monday in a Boulder, Colorado supermarket bought an assault rifle six days earlier , as authorities race to find out more and president Joe Biden pushes for stricter gun control in the wake of the killings.

Suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa used an AR-15 rifle in the shooting, a semiautomatic, military-style weapon common in mass shootings, according to a police official who spoke anonymously with the AP .

Arrest documents released on Tuesday do not describe where the gun itself was purchased, but include details from the man's family about his interest in guns.

His sister-in-law, whose name has been redacted, told investigators Mr Alissa "was seen playing with a gun she thought looked like a "machine gun'" two days before the attack.

Two other individuals, their names also redacted, "were upset with Alissa for playing with the gun in the house and took the gun," according to an affidavit .

Mr Alissa's family told investigators they believed he was mentally ill, and sometimes had delusions that people were following or chasing him.

Following news of the shooting, top Democrats like Joe Biden and former president Obama have renewed their push for more gun control regulations. The issue was a major focus of their time together in the White House, which generated a number of executive actions but failed to achieve the deeper overhaul of gun-ownership in the US both were seeking ...

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