Colorado supermarket shooting: police say 10 people killed

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Colorado supermarket shooting: police say 10 people killed


BOULDER, COLO. – A shooting in a Colorado supermarket killed 10 people on Monday, including a police officer who was the first to intervene at the scene, authorities said.
Police arrested a suspect, but did not reveal his name or any details of the shooting at an evening press conference where Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold held back tears.

Investigators had just started sorting through evidence and witness interviews and did not have details of the motive for the shooting at the King Soopers store in Boulder, which is about 25 miles northwest of Denver and is home to the University of Colorado, said Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty.

“This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County,” said Dougherty. “These were people who were living their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of Colorado that we will achieve justice. ”

The attack was the seventh mass murder this year in the United States, following the March 16 shooting that left eight people dead at three Atlanta-area massage companies, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.

It follows a lull in mass killings during the 2020 pandemic, which saw the smallest number of such attacks in more than a decade, according to the database, which tracks mass killings defined as four or more deaths, not counting the shooter.

The slain officer was identified as Eric Talley, 51, who had been with Boulder Police since 2010, Herold said. He went to the store after a call about the shots and someone carrying a gun, she said.

“He was obviously one of the outstanding officers in the Boulder Police Department, and his life was too short,” Dougherty said of Talley.

The identities of the other nine victims were not revealed Monday evening, with police still informing their family members.

Matthew Kirsch, the acting US attorney for Colorado, has vowed that “the full weight of federal law enforcement” will support the investigation. He said investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene of the crime, as well as FBI agents.

Officers had escorted a shirtless man with blood streaming down his leg out of the store in handcuffs, but authorities would not say if he was the suspect. They said the suspect was receiving medical treatment and was the only injured person who did not die.

Officials did not say if the suspect was the person who was taken from the filming location to Foothills Hospital in Boulder. The hospital will not release any further information about the patient, said Rich Sheehan, spokesperson for Boulder Community Health, which operates the hospital.

Dean Schiller told The Associated Press he had just left the supermarket when he heard gunshots and saw three people lying face down, two in the parking lot and one near the door. He said he “couldn’t tell if they were breathing. ”

A video posted to YouTube showed one person on the floor inside the store and two others outside on the floor. What looks like two shots is also heard at the start of the video.

Vehicles and law enforcement officers gathered outside the store, including SWAT teams, and at least three helicopters landed on the roof. Some windows at the front of the store were broken.

At one point, authorities said over loudspeakers that the building was surrounded and that “you must surrender”.

Sarah Moonshadow told the Denver Post that two shots rang out right after she and her son, Nicolas Edwards, finished buying strawberries. She said she told her son to get off and then “we just ran”.

Once they got out she said they saw a body in the parking lot. Edwards said police were speeding into the parking lot and pulled over to the body.

“I knew there was nothing we could do for the guy,” he said. “We had to go. ”

James Bentz told the Post he was in the meat section when he heard what he thought was a dud, then a series of pops.

“I was then at the front of a stampede,” he said.

Bentz said he jumped off a loading dock to escape and younger people were helping older people get out.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis tweeted a statement that “his heart breaks as we watch this unspeakable event unfold in our community of Boulder.”

Police had told people to take shelter in place amid a report of an “armed and dangerous individual” about 3 miles from the grocery store, but said at the press conference later that it was unrelated to the shooting.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting.

In a statement, the King Soopers chain offered “their thoughts, prayers and support to our associates, customers and first responders who have so courageously responded to this tragic situation. We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and our store will remain closed during the police investigation. ”

Kevin Daly, owner of Under the Sun Eatery and Pizzeria about a block from the supermarket, said he was in his store when he saw police cars coming in and shoppers running from the grocery store. He said he took in several people to keep them warm and others boarded a bus provided by Boulder Police and were taken away.

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Nieberg is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative corps. Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on secret issues.

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