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King Sooper's grocery store where the shooting took place. Photo: Chet Strange/Getty Images

Prosecutors on Thursday filed 43 additional charges against the suspect in last month's mass shooting in Colorado, including 10 counts of possession of a high-capacity ammunition magazine.

Why it matters: The shooting at a Boulder grocery store in March left 10 dead, including one police officer. It is one of several high-profile mass shootings in 2021.

The big picture: The new charges include additional attempted murder, assault and weapons charges, per the Colorado Sun. The suspect, 22-year-old Al Aliwi Alissa, was already charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

  • While possession of high-capacity magazines is illegal in Colorado, it's not yet clear if the suspect bought them illegally.
  • They could have been legally bought in other states, or as AP notes, "people in Colorado can still buy the parts for the magazines at some gun stores and assemble them on their own, at which point it is illegal to possess them."
  • Authorities have said Alissa legally purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol used in the attack.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' John Frank: Despite the new details, the most pressing question remains unanswered: Why? Boulder prosecutors said authorities still don’t know why the gunman targeted that store, located about 20 minutes from his home in Arvada.

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Colorado tightens gun laws, one month after Boulder mass shooting

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis a press conference in Highlands Ranch Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Colorado has strengthened its gun regulations on the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

For the record: The two measures were introduced in the state legislature before last month's fatal shooting at a grocery store that left 10 people dead. One bill is named for a 21-year-old woman who was fatally shot by a gunman with a stolen weapon.

Apr 21, 2021 - Axios Denver

Why Colorado restaurants can't catch a break

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chart: John Frank/Axios

Restaurants in Denver, Fort Collins and across Colorado face "enormous" hiring and retention challenges, reflecting a broader national trend, the Colorado Restaurant Association tells Axios.

The big picture: It comes as restrictions are loosening and diners are returning to restaurants — and despite high employment and a massive push to hire back staff and bring on new employees, especially as the summer patio season approaches.

What happens now that emergency orders are lifting

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Data: National Academy for State Health Policy and various governor declarations; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Soon, more than half the states will have ended their formal emergency declarations for the pandemic — which could have ripple effects across the economy.

Why it matters: Lifting those orders will allow businesses to serve more customers, but will also end certain safety nets, including expanded food and housing assistance, as well as eviction protections.