107th Mass Shooting in the U.S. This Year Leaves 10 Dead

Five days after eight were shot in Atlanta, another mass shooting has happened in Boulder, Colorado


Graphic by Abraham Navarro/SAC.Media.

Jaylen Minnich Hall, News Editor

Editor’s note: It was a conscious decision not to include the name, photos or any identifying details of the gunman in this report. This decision was to ensure that we don’t draw any attention to them for this shooting that devastated countless communities of Boulder, Colorado, should that be revealed to be the motive.

On Monday, less than a week after the Atlanta mass shootings, another gunman claimed ten lives at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

At 2:49 p.m. MDT, an “active shooter” situation was announced by Boulder police officials which warned people to stay away from the area.

By about 4:15 p.m., the suspect was in custody, the supermarket had been cleared out and the customers trapped inside were escorted by officers.

The Boulder Police have identified a 21-year-old male suspected to be the gunman. They told reporters that the suspect was receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained during the shooting. Media outlets did capture some footage of a shirtless man with a wound down his leg being walked out of the King Soopers grocery store in handcuffs. Police do not know why this shooting took place.

Today, police released the names of those killed: Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Boulder police Officer Eric Talley, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; Jody Waters, 65.

This mass shooting is not a new occurrence in the United States. So far in 2021, 107 mass shootings have taken place with 31 of those happening just this month. In those mass shootings 122 people have died and 325 have been wounded. In Atlanta just a couple days prior to Boulder, eight Asian victims were killed in a possible race related shooting by a white 21-year-old man, Robert Aaron Long.

Today in a press conference addressing the shootings, President Joe Biden called for a ban of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines and for the Senate to “immediately pass” two bills the House recently approved that change background check laws.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future,” Biden said at the White House.

Gun control in the U.S. has been long called upon and disputed; with these new shootings it is once again a part of the national debate.

Congresswoman Cori Bush, @CoriBush, called for the need for gun control now.

Gun law activist Shannon Watts, @shannonwatts, called out the inaction of the Senate in passing gun laws.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said during a gun violence hearing today , “every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders.”

“What happens at every committee is that Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens because that’s their political objective” he said.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to Cruz’s remarks said, “I don’t think there’s anything ridiculous at all about this hearing.”

“This hearing was about some serious deadly issues that are within the province and jurisdiction of this committee,” he said. “We are empowered by the Constitution and the American people to make laws.”

“That is not theatre. That is reality,” he said.

This is an ongoing story.