Ahmad Al-Issa, has been identified as the suspect arrested in relation to the bloody mass shooting at King Soopers, Colorado.
He is suspected of killing 10 people at the grocery store Monday when he walked in around 2:30 p.m. and began shooting, according to law enforcement. He was taken into custody about an hour later with a gunshot wound in his leg, and remained in the hospital on Tuesday morning.
He was charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree, though officials offered no details on a suspected motive.
Investigators believe there are no other suspects involved in the shooting.
Alissa, whose family emigrated from Syria, may have been suffering from mental illness, according to his 34-year-old brother, Ali Aliwi Alissa.
The brother told CNN on Tuesday that in high school bullies made fun of Alissa’s name and for being Muslim and that may have contributed to him becoming “anti-social.”
“People chose not to mess with him because of his temper, people chose not to really talk to him because of all — how he acted and things like that. So yeah, he was very alone,” said Damien Cruz, who said he has known Alissa since the fifth grade.
Alissa had become increasingly “paranoid” around 2014, believing he was being followed and chased, according to his brother. At one point, the young man covered the camera on his computer with duct tape so he could not be seen, said the brother, who lives with Alissa.
“He always suspected someone was behind him, someone was chasing him,” Ali Alissa said.
“We kept a close eye on him when he was in high school. He would say, ‘Someone is chasing me, someone is investigating me.’ And we’re like, ‘Come on man. There’s nothing.’ … He was just closing into himself,” the brother added.
Alissa’s Facebook page, the authenticity of which was confirmed by his brother and a high school classmate, shows posts saying he believed his former high school had been hacking into his phone.
“Just curious what are the laws about phone privacy because I believe my old school (a west) was hacking my phone,” Alissa wrote in a March 18, 2019, Facebook post.
He made a second post on July 5, 2019, also claiming that people were hacking his phone, saying, “let me have a normal life I probably could.”
When his Facebook friends questioned how he knew the school was hacking his phone, Alissa said: “I believe part racism for sure. But I also believe someone spread rumors about me which are false and maybe that set it off.”