Colorado Supermarket Shooting Left 10 Victims Dead Including a Police Officer, Officials Report
A shooting in a Colorado Supermarket left 10 people dead, including a police officer. Check out the details of the officials' report below.
10 people, including a Boulder Police officer, were left dead after a shooting happened at a King Soopers store, in Boulder Colorado, on March 22, 2021.
Police responded to reports of an active shooter at the store on Table Mesa Drive around 2:30 pm. Details of the shooting were released during a press conference the same evening.
Officer Eric Tally, who was the first responder on the scene, was killed, along with nine other victims, Maris Herold, Chief of Police in Boulder, said at the conference.
Tally was a father of seven and had joined the police department in 2010 at the age of 40. Herold called his actions heroic and said:
"My heart goes out to the victims of this incident and I'm grateful for the police officers who responded. I am so sorry about the loss of Officer Talley."
The police have arrested a suspect in connection to the shooting. However, no details, including the other nine victims' identity and a possible motive, have been released to the media.
The suspect has been identified as male. He is currently in custody and being treated for an injury. CNN reported that the suspect might have been captured by video by a news helicopter.
UPDATE: Our next #BoulderShooting press conference will be at 8:30am Mountain time on Tuesday March 23 in front of the Boulder Police Department at 1805 33rd St.— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 23, 2021
Boulder, CO 80301. No new information will be released before then pic.twitter.com/9Ul6AawDyc
A news helicopter captured footage of a shirtless man, who appeared to have blood on his arm and leg, handcuffed and put into an ambulance. However, it is not clear if he is the suspect.
Eye-witnesses spoke to various outlets about the shooting. James Bentz told the Denver Post that he had been in the store's meat section when he heard the gunfire. Bentz explained:
"I was then at the front of a stampede."
Please avoid the area of Table Mesa & Broadway! This is still a very active scene. Do NOT broadcast on social media any tactical information you might see #BoulderShooting 1/2 pic.twitter.com/JE214XS86B— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 22, 2021
He was able to escape through the loading dock along with other customers. Unfortunately, others were not as lucky. Sarah Moonshadow shared she and her son had seen a body in the parking lot as they made their exit from the store.
Dean Schiller, another witness, told the Associated Press that he had left the store after hearing several gunshots. He then saw three people, two in the parking lot and one at the store's entrance, lying face down.
Like my fellow Coloradans, I am closely watching unfolding 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 extent of the tragedy.— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) March 22, 2021
A large team of Law enforcement showed up at the crime scene including, the SWAT teams, multiple police vehicles and officers, and 3 helicopters, which landed on the store's roof.
Governor Jared Polis released a statement on Twitter that said that his prayers were with his fellow citizens while they learned the tragic attack's extent. This comes after the Atlanta Spa shootings last week.
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