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Colorado supermarket reopening months after mass shooting

January 28, 2022 GMT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado supermarket where 10 people were killed in a mass shooting last year i s set to reopen Feb. 9 with a ceremony to remember those who lost their lives.

“We know that restoring this location is a very important step in our healing journey,” Joe Kelley, president of King Soopers, said in a Friday statement announcing the reopening.

The market in Boulder has been redesigned with input from employees and area residents, according to Kroger Co., which owns the King Soopers chain.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 22, is accused of opening fire at the King Soopers market on March 22, 2021, killing a police officer, shoppers and store employees.

In December, a judge ruled that Alissa was mentally incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to be treated at the state mental hospital in Pueblo to see if he can be made well enough to face prosecution.

Competency is a different legal issue than a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which hinges on whether someone’s mental health prevented them from knowing right from wrong when a crime was committed.