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UPDATE 8:45 p.m.
A shooting in a Colorado supermarket killed 10 people on Monday, including a police officer who was the first to respond to 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. “They were people who were living their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will ensure 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.
UPDATE 6:20 p.m.
A Colorado supermarket shooting killed several people on Monday, including a police officer, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said.
Boulder Police Cmdr. Kerry Yamaguchi told a press conference that the suspect was under treatment, but did not give more details on the shooting or the number of people killed. Officers escorted a shirtless man with blood streaming down his leg out of the handcuffed store, but authorities did not say if that was the suspect.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said authorities knew how many people had been killed and suggested not to release the number because they needed to notify the families of the victims.
Yamaguchi said police are still investigating and have no details on the motive.
A man who had just left the Boulder store, Dean Schiller, told The Associated Press 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”.
The video posted to YouTube showed one person on the floor inside the King Soopers store and two others outside on the floor, but the extent of their injuries was unclear. What looks like two shots is also heard at the start of the video.
One person was taken from the filming scene at Foothills Hospital in Boulder, said Rich Sheehan, spokesperson for Boulder Community Health, which operates the hospital. Sheehan said he couldn’t provide further details, but said “we have been advised that we will not be receiving any additional patients. ”
Vehicles and law enforcement officers gathered outside the store, including SWAT teams, and at least three helicopters landed on the rooftop of the city that is home to the University of Colorado and is located about 40 miles northwest of Denver.
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”. They said to come out with your hands up and unarmed.
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 at the front of a stampede then,” 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 indescribable event unfold in our community of Boulder.” He called it a “very active situation” and said the state “is making available to help the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department secure the store. ”
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 then lifted her and vehicles from the store. police were seen leaving the residential neighborhood near downtown and the University of Colorado. They had said they were investigating whether this report was linked to the supermarket shooting, but said in the evening press conference that there was no report.
The FBI said it was assisting with the investigation at the request of Boulder Police.
Police: We have several victims who lost their lives. One of the victims is a Boulder police officer. Ask the media to honor the privacy of families.
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Colorado officials responded to what they said was an active shooter in a supermarket on Monday.
It is not known if anyone was injured, but a shirtless man with blood streaming down his leg was escorted out of the store in handcuffs by two police officers.
Boulder Police tweeted Monday that the gunman was in a King Soopers grocery store.
A televised helicopter video showed vehicles and law enforcement officers massing outside, including SWAT teams, and at least three helicopters on the roof of the Boulder store, home to the University of Colorado approximately 40 kilometers northwest of Denver.
Officers fired their guns and some windows at the front of the store were smashed. The authorities said over the loudspeaker that the building was surrounded and that “you must surrender”. They said to come out with your hands up and unarmed.
A man who said he was shopping at the store told KCNC-TV that he heard a loud noise and then heard another, and on the third, everyone was running. He said they ran to the back of the store, found the area reserved for employees, and told workers how to escape. He said they were walking in Indian line, arms on the backs of those in front of them.
TV footage showed an ambulance had pulled away from the store, apparently carrying the bleeding man out of the store in handcuffs. Officers helped some people exit the store to safety.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis tweeted that he is “closely monitoring events at King Soopers in Boulder. My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the magnitude of the tragedy.
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.