'Threatened He Was Going To Kill Everyone': Arvada West Classmate Remembers Shooting Suspect Ahmad Al-Issa

Kayli Porterfield was a student manager on the Arvada West High School wrestling team. Ahmad Al-Issa, the suspect in the Boulder King Soopers deadly shooting, was one of the wrestlers back then.

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- The suspect in the shootings is due is court for the first time tomorrow. We watched as officers took him, handcuffed and bleeding, from the store to an ambulance on Monday. CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger has been learning more about him and has more right now from Arvada. Rick?

RICK SALLlINGER: Jim, that suspect was born in Syria, came to the US at a very early age, and so far, investigators have not found any link to terrorism in this rampage, from what we understand. They are looking closely, however, at his mental health, including his time spent here at Arvada West High School, including the shocking things that some people are saying about him.

KAYLI PORTERFIELD: I have heard of people bullying him, because he was balding really early on. And I know that there were claims of him being bullied, because he was Muslim. But I [INAUDIBLE]

RICK SALLlINGER: Kayli Porterfield was a student manager on the Arvada West High School wrestling team. Ahmad Alissa was one of the wrestlers back then.

KAYLI PORTERFIELD: He said something about how, if anyone said anything about he was Muslim, he'd file a hate crime, and everything like that.

RICK SALLlINGER: In November of 2017, there was an incident involving Alissa. Witnesses told police he slugged another student for no apparent reason. Alissa told police the student called him racist names, called him a terrorist. In the report, the police officer on duty at the school said he had never been informed of the allegations that the student called him racist names or made fun of him.

Police have interviewed members of Alissa's family at their Arvada home. They have indicated he was mentally disturbed and had been playing with what looked like a machine gun. People who knew him at Arvada West say they wished they had known more.

KAYLI PORTERFIELD: He said that he was going to kill everyone. And no one actually took it seriously, because, you know, we're all in high school, and we say stupid things.

RICK SALLlINGER: Alissa's mental health is now a focus of this case. The gun that Alissa has said to have bought would have been illegal under Boulder law, except that a judge struck down that law recently. Live in Arvada, Rick Sallinger, covering Colorado First.