Family reprimanded Colorado shooter for ‘playing’ with ‘machine gun’ in house days before attack
Suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa used an AR-15 rifle, a military-style semi-automatic weapon used in mass shootings, in the shooting, according to a police officer who spoke anonymously to the AP.
Arrest documents released on Tuesday do not describe where the gun was purchased, but contain information from the man’s family about his interest in guns.
His sister-in-law, whose name has been edited, told investigators that two days before the attack, Mr. Alissa was “played with what she thought looked like a machine gun”.
Two other people, whose names have also been edited, “were upset with Alissa for playing with the gun and taking the gun in the house,” said an affidavit.
Mr. Alissa’s family told investigators that they believed he was mentally ill and sometimes had delusions that people were following or chasing him.
Following the news of the shooting, top Democrats like Joe Biden and former President Obama have again pushed for more gun control regulations. The issue was a major focus of their time together at the White House, which sparked a series of executive actions but failed to achieve the profound gun ownership revision in the U.S. that both sought to pursue.
“This is and should not be a partisan issue. This is an American matter, “Biden said Tuesday, throwing his weight behind two bills recently passed by the House of Representatives to extend general background checks to private arms sales and calling for a renewed ban on” offensive weapons. ” which were banned before 2004.
“We can again ban offensive weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country,” he said. “I did this when I was a senator. It passed. It was law for the longest time and it brought these mass murders to a halt. We should do it all over again, ”he added.
Mr. Biden’s former colleague in the Oval Office, Barack Obama, singled out those who opposed more gun control, largely Republicans, as cowards.
“We can overcome resistance from cowardly politicians and the pressures of an arms lobby that defies any restriction on anyone’s ability to assemble an arsenal,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “We can and we must.”
In many of the deadliest shootings in US history, the perpetrator used an assault rifle, including the murders in Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Columbine, Las Vegas, and Parkland.