10 dead in Boulder supermarket shooting, suspect arrested | Gun violence news
At least 10 people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in the US city of Boulder, Colo., And a suspect who was injured in the incident has been arrested, officials said.
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold held back tears as she announced the death toll at a press conference Monday night.
The victims included a police officer, she said.
Families of the victims were still being informed so their names were not released, Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.
“This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County, and in response we have the cooperation and assistance of local, state and federal authorities,” he added.
The shooting took place around 3 p.m. local time (9 p.m. GMT) at a King Soopers supermarket in the Table Mesa neighborhood of Boulder, a town at the eastern foot of the Rockies about 28 miles northwest of Denver.
Authorities said the suspect was receiving medical treatment and there was no longer a threat to the public.
Video footage of the scene broadcast earlier by TV channels showed a shirtless, bearded man in boxer shorts being taken from the store in handcuffs, before being placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.
The man in detention appeared to have a bloody leg and limped as he walked.
Boulder Police Department Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said police were still investigating and did not have details of the motives for the violence.
‘I couldn’t help anyone’
Witnesses described scenes of pandemonium when they heard gunshots ringing inside the supermarket.
“We were at the checkout and the shots just started,” said Sarah Moonshadow, 42, who was in the store with her son, Nicholas.
“And I said: ‘Nicolas, come down’. And Nicholas dodged. And we just started listening and there, just repeating shots… and I just said, “Nicholas, run,” ”Moonshadow later told the Reuters news agency.
Moonshadow recounted seeing “someone lying in the road” as she and her son fled.
“And I tried to run over to him, and Nicholas pulled me away and he said, ‘We have to go.’ And we just ran and hid behind the building. The woman collapsed in tears, adding, “I couldn’t help anyone.”
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”.
Another witness, James Bentz, told the Denver 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 from a loading dock at the back of the store to escape and younger people were helping older people get out.
Aerial television footage showed a heavy law enforcement presence outside the supermarket, along with ambulances and fire trucks, as police led customers and workers out of the store with their hands on their heads .
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said on Twitter that “his heart breaks as we watch this indescribable event unfold in our community of Boulder.”
He added: “My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the magnitude of the tragedy.”
The FBI and agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting police and sheriff’s deputies in the investigation, authorities said.
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 “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. “
The attack is the seventh mass murder this year in the United States, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University, and follows a March 16 shoot that killed eight at three Atlanta-area massage companies.
There was a lull in mass shootings during the pandemic in 2020, which saw the smallest number of such attacks in more than a decade, according to the database, which traces the defined mass killings like four or more deaths, not counting the attacker.