Boulder police audio captures terrifying moments after ‘shooter’ Ahmad Alissa opened fire on shoppers

FRANTIC police radio calls reveal the moment cops came under fire in the Colorado supermarket rampage – and saw one of their colleagues cut down by a bullet.

"Officer down. We can't get to him," one cop yells after colleague Eric Talley was hit at the massacre at King Soopers grocery store in Boulder.



Emergency radio traffic obtained by the Colorado Sun revealed the chaos as the first cops arrived minutes after 911 callers reported a shooting.

"It looks like we have an active shooter," a dispoatcher said calmly. 

Officers were told a bearded man had been seen shooting people in the parking lot with a rifle.

They found two people lying dead outside and another inside the entrance.

"Shooter is inside," one cop called out over the radio. "He just shot at us twice."

After a few seconds of quiet someone says over the radio: "Officer down inside the building."

The scanner suggests Officer Talley was shot within ten minutes of the first 911 call.

Within 15 minutes, Boulder police were launching a SWAT response and summoning officers from Jefferson County.

A medical helicopter was also on the way.

As the chaos continued to unfold, a dispatcher could be heard asking: "You may need more than one helicopter?"

"Multiple people down so far," one cop at the scene replied.

"One officer down. Unknown status. We can't get to him." 

Half an hour into the shooting, as SWAT teams swarmed on the supermarket, an officer shared reports the suspect was believed to be wearing tactical combat gear.

“Due to body armor, head shots only,” he said chillingly.

Soon after, news choppers filmed a shirtless man with a beard being led from the scene with his hands cuffed behind his back.

He had blood running down his right leg and was limping.

Today police named the suspect as Ahmad Alyssa, 21, who has been charged with ten counts of murder.

He is alleged to have used an AR-15-style rifle in the rampage – America's second mass shooting in a week.

Alyssa's brother Ali, 34, described him as paranoid and “very anti-social," telling the Daily Beast he believes his sibling is mentally ill.

Witnesses told how the gunman was silent as he picked off his victims one by one in the parking lot before moving inside the store.

“He just came in and started shooting,” one shopper told The Denver Post.

Another said the gunman “let off a couple of shots, then was silent, and then he let off a couple more. He wasn’t spraying.”



Sarah Moonshadow, 42, said: “He shot right at us. I didn’t look. I just ran.”

She fled outside with her son Nick, 21, still clutching the strawberries they had just bought at the checkout.

Sarah told Denver's ABC7 she saw a victim lying on the ground outside and ran over to help.

She said through tears: “My son grabbed me by my coat and said, ‘No, we can’t help him. We gotta go.’

“I wanted to try to help that guy in the road and I couldn't because he was just too close and we had to get away.”

Another shopper, James Graham, said he could smell gunpowder as he ran from the store.

He said: “I probably heard 30 shots. It was just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.

“It was the most terrifying event I’ve ever been through.

"I mean, I’ve been through an active shooter drill, but… This happened so fast, and it was so loud… I’m still in shock over it."

Steven McCue said his granddaughters aged 13 and 14 survived by hiding in a closet until cops came through the roof and led them to safety.

He said his son-in-law was at the store's pharmacy waiting to get a Covid vaccine when gunfire erupted.

He said: "He saw it and got the girls down. They ran and hid upstairs in a coat closet for an hour, in the coats.

"They were communicating with my daughter through his phone, texting.

"Half a dozen cops came in through the roof and got them and then told them 'Stay quiet'."

He added: “It was traumatizing for them. This is going to be pretty hard for them to live with I think.” 



Last night Boulder cops lined up to salute their slain colleague Officer Talley, a dad of seven who joined the force in 2010.

The other nine victims were: Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stoanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.

The weapon used is believed to be an AR-15-style rifle, a senior law enforcement source told CNN.

Just a week ago, the National Rifle Association celebrated a court overturning a ban on such assault rifles and large capacity magazines.

Police Chief Maris Herold choked back tears as she confirmed his death at an emotion news conference.

She said: "Police officers' actions were nothing short of heroic.

"My heart goes out to the victims of this incident. I'm grateful to the police officers who responded and I am so sorry for the loss of Officer Talley."

"We will be here working night and day. We have one suspect in custody.

District Attorney Michael Dougherty said: "This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County.

"These were people going about their day, doing their shopping.

"I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice." 








 

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