Boulder police made the comments on Twitter, responding to what it said were “comments from some in our community who questioned the response time of our officers.”
Police have said they’re still trying to determine a motive in the shooting.
Suspect passed a background check when buying gun, shop owner says
“We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and families that are left behind,” John Mark Eagleton, the owner of Eagles Nest Armory in Arvada, said in a statement.
The gun shop will continue to fully cooperate” with investigators, Eagleton said.
“Ensuring every sale that occurs at our shop is lawful, has always been and will always remain the highest priority for our business,” the statement said.
“Regarding the firearm in question, a background check of the purchaser was conducted as required by Colorado law and approval for the sale was provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.”
Nothing in the federal system would have prevented Alissa from passing a background check and buying a firearm, a law enforcement source had previously told CNN.
The suspect pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of third-degree assault in 2018 after attacking a high school classmate one year earlier, according to court documents and a police report. He was sentenced to one year probation, 48 hours of community service and anger response treatment, court documents said.
‘Why that King Soopers? Why Boulder? Why Monday?’
“I think the victims’ families and the community are desperate to know the motive,” he told reporters. “We want to know the motive. And that’s going to be the focus of our efforts going forward. Whether or not we’re able to determine it remains to be seen.”
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said: “Why that King Soopers? Why Boulder? Why Monday? Unfortunately, at this time, we still don’t have those answers.”
The presiding judge, Thomas F. Mulvahill, agreed to set the next hearing in “about 60 to 90 days.”
Suspect moved from county jail after threats
Alissa has been moved out of county jail after officers became aware of “threats toward him” from other inmates, a jail official told CNN.
He was relocated early Wednesday, according to Jeff Goetz, Division Chief of the Boulder County Jail.
Alissa was never in direct contact with the inmates and was not harmed, but other inmates were asking about him and making threats, according to Goetz. These questions were directed toward other officers.
CNN’s Travis Caldwell, Samira Said, Ray Sanchez, Keith Allen and Konstantin Toropin contributed to this report.