Mass Shooting Suspect Deemed Incompetent to Stand Trial for Killing 10 in Supermarket

A mass shooting suspect accused of killing 10 people in Colorado has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 47 counts of attempted first-degree murder. He also faces one count of first-degree assault, 10 counts of using a prohibited large-capacity magazine during a crime and 47 counts of crime of violence.

Doctors said Alissa had a "passive approach to his defense" and was potentially overreliant on his attorneys. The evaluation was completed on October 1.

Prosecutors are already seeking a second evaluation and hearing regarding the competency determination made by the doctors.

In a court filing, the Boulder district attorney's office said that in the first evaluation the suspect indicated "an understanding of his charges, the potential sentence, the roles of the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney."

The shooting unfolded shortly before 3 p.m. on March 22 at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder. Police received a report of an armed man who had shot a person in the parking lot before entering the building.

Officer Eric Talley, the first to arrive on the scene, was shot and killed. Alissa fired at the other responding officers, one of whom hit the gunman in the leg. Alissa later surrendered at the scene and was taken to a hospital for treatment for a bullet wound to his right thigh.

Authorities found an assault rifle, a handgun and a tactical vest at the scene.

The nine additional victims were identified as Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.

Mass Shooting Suspect Deemed 'Incompetent'
Doctors have determined that the suspect in a Colorado mass shooting is incompetent to stand trial. Above, crime tape surrounds a King Soopers grocery store on March 24 in Boulder after 10 people, including a police officer, were killed in the shooting there. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Alissa's brother told The Daily Beast shortly after the mass shooting that Alissa was paranoid and suffered from mental illness. Alissa was 21 years old at the time of the shooting.

"The guy used to get bullied a lot in high school. He was, like, an outgoing kid, but after he went to high school and got bullied a lot, he started becoming antisocial," the brother said about Alissa.

A family member also told law enforcement that Alissa had been playing with a "machine gun" just a few days before the shooting.

Alissa's attorneys have requested this judge deny the prosecution's request for a second competency evaluation. The public defenders claimed prosecutors were not accurately characterizing the doctors' report.

"The prosecution's request is legally and factually baseless, and this Court should deny the prosecution's request because the request was not made in good faith," the attorneys said in a court filing.