Colorado shooting suspect charged with 10 counts of murder

Was convicted of third-degree assault when he was in high school

Victoria Albert, Alex Sundby, Jordan Freiman, Justin Carissimo – CBS News

The 21-year-old suspect accused of opening fire inside a Colorado grocery store and killing 10 people has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder. The suspect was being treated for a gunshot wound but was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon and taken into the custody of local police.

The victims who died in the shooting were between the ages of 20 and 65. Among them was a Boulder police officer, 51-year-old Eric Talley, a father of seven children, who responded to the shooting.

“He died charging into the line of fire to save people who were simply trying to live their lives and go food shopping, and the man who gunned them down will be held fully responsible,” said Michael Dougherty, the Boulder County district attorney.

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

At the White House, President Biden said another city has been “scarred by gun violence” and called on Congress to pass gun control measures. “I just can’t imagine what the families are feeling, the victims whose futures were stolen from them, from their families, their loved ones, who now have to struggle to go on and try to make sense of what’s happened.”

“Every time you saw her, she had a smile on her face”: Family member mourns shooting victim

Friends and family of 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak remembered her as a gifted artist who always had a smile on her face.

“Every time you saw her, she had a smile on her face,” her cousin, David, told CBS Los Angeles. “I don’t think I ever saw her angry.”

Read more about the victims here.

Shooting suspect found guilty of third-degree assault in 2017 incident

The shooting suspect was previously convicted of third-degree assault, a misdemeanour, stemming from an incident when he was in high school, according to documents obtained by CBS News.

According to a police report of the 2017 incident, a teacher and fellow students said they saw him punch another student in the side of the head and hit him repeatedly after he had fallen to the ground, leaving the victim bloodied and vomiting. The suspect admitted to punching the other student, but said it was retaliation for bullying and racist comments, the report said. 

Colorado shooting suspect allegedly bought assault weapon 6 days before shooting

The Colorado shooting suspect purchased an assault weapon 6 days before the shooting, according to court documents released Tuesday. The arrest affidavit for the suspect said he purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16. 

It’s not yet clear if that pistol was used in the shooting. According to the affidavit, the suspect had left a rifle — “possibly” an AR-15 — and a semiautomatic handgun in the store. 

The wife of one of the suspect’s brothers told authorities that the suspect was seen playing with a gun that looked like a “machine gun” two days ago, according to the affidavit. She did not provide more details about the type of gun.