Author Meena Harris, the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, walked back a tweet Monday that assumed the alleged shooter in Colorado was a White man.
“The Atlanta shooting was not even a week ago. Violent white men are the greatest terrorist threat to our country,” Ms. Harris wrote. She later deleted the tweet but stopped short of apologizing, writing, “Insecure men getting defensive about this my god y’all are so f—-ing fragile.”
“I deleted a previous tweet about the suspect in the Boulder shooting,” she added. “I made an assumption based on his being taken into custody alive and the fact that the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. are carried out by white men.”
Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder Monday afternoon, killing 10 people, including a police officer, authorities said Tuesday.
Mr. Alissa, a Muslim of Syrian descent, according to his family, is charged with ten counts of first-degree murder.
President Biden said Monday’s shooting demonstrated the need for an “assault weapons” ban.
Vice President Harris called the shooting “absolutely tragic.”
“Ten people going about their day, living their lives, not bothering anybody, a police officer who was performing his duties, and with great courage and heroism,” the vice president told reporters Tuesday.