As RedState reported yesterday, ten people were shot and killed in a grocery store yesterday in Boulder, CO. Details have been sparse up until this point as is typical in these situations.
But now, we have a name, and it nukes just about every prior predominant media narrative surrounding the shooting. There are few different spellings going around via various reports, but they are all trying to convey the same thing.
BREAKING: Colorado supermarket shooter identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al-Issa
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 23, 2021
The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa of Arvada, Colorado.
According to the Boulder County DA, the suspect has "lived most of his life in the United States"
— Patrick Chalvire (@PatC_Alexander) March 23, 2021
I hope you have a neck brace on because you are about to have whiplash from how quickly the news outlets that have been speculating this was “white supremacy” change their tune. In fact, I expect this story to largely disappear by the end of the week now. It just doesn’t fit the narrative preferences of the mainstream press.
Here was a USA Today reporter just hours ago.
it's always an angry white man. always.
— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) March 23, 2021
There are other aspects to this as well that point to some kind of act of terror, though I must empathize that has not been confirmed. The victimology shows indiscriminate shooting, not any racial motive. The location is also a place where there would be a lot of random people, not any set group. Because this involves the possibility of Islamic radicalism, you’ll likely see the gun control debates settle down as well.
We still need a lot more information on this shooting to truly judge motive, but the release of this name is yet another lesson in not jumping to conclusions that fit a predominant political narrative, i.e. that quite literally everything is white supremacy.