The Boulder County District Attorney identified the Colorado grocery store shooter as Ahmad Al-Issa, 21, a Syrian migrant.
Al-Issa claimed on his Facebook page that he was born in Syria in 1999 and moved to the US in 2002 and lived with his family in Arvada a town near Boulder.
Al-Issa went to Arvada West High School and graduated in 2018 before taking up computer engineering at the Metropolitan State University in Denver.
After Al-Issa’s identity was revealed to the media, other social media users reported that his profile and posts were scrubbed from Facebook and Twitter.
Both social media networks have not yet made any statement if they were behind the scrubbing.
Social media users and news outlets have shared his posts that were speaking out against Islamaphobia in the US.
“Yeah if these racist islamophobic people would stop hacking my phone and let me have a normal life I probably could,” said Al-Issa on Facebook in 2019 and “Trump is such a dick,” in 2018.
Al-Issa’s brother Ali said that his brother was paranoid and “very anti-social” and paranoid.
“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head,” recounted Ali.
Al-Issa has not yet explained his motive for the attack and is still being questioned.
It is also not yet known if Al-Issa was radicalized, had links to terror groups, or was mentally ill.
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