Ten people were killed yesterday, including a heroic police officer, at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado by a gunman with an AR-15 style rifle:
NY POST – A gunman opened fire at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday afternoon, killing 10 people, including a “heroic” police officer who was one of the first cops to respond to the mass killing, law enforcement officials said.
The suspect — who was not identified — was taken into custody alive and was being treated for unspecified injuries after the rampage, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a press conference hours after the shooting at a King Soopers store.
The gunman started his rampage at about 2:30 p.m. in the area near the supermarket, which is located in a suburban stretch of the city, police officials said. Cops swarmed the store within minutes — and one of the first officers who responded, 51-year-old Eric Talley, was fatally blasted by the shooter, Herold said.
Talley, who had been with the department since 2010, acted “heroic” as he responded to the shooting, Herold said, fighting back tears as she spoke to reporters near the scene of the shooting.
Dramatic live video posted on YouTube had shown officers escorting a shirtless man in handcuffs and with blood running down his leg out of the supermarket, but cops wouldn’t say if that was the suspect.
This is a photo of the man being walked out in cuffs by police:
Other than the suspect, no survivors sustained “serious” injuries, officials said.
The names of the victims were not immediately released as their families were still being notified, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.
Authorities didn’t provide a possible motive or give more details about the shooting, which unfolded just about two miles south of the University of Colorado-Boulder campus.
“He didn’t say s–t,” one eyewitness told the Denver Post about the gunman. “He just came in and started shooting.”
Shopper Sarah Moonshadow told Denver7 she was standing at the checkout lane when she heard the gunshots — and told her 21-year-old son to start running.
“I said, ‘Just run, don’t look! Just run!’” Moonshadow recalled, adding that the gunman “was definitely coming in our direction.”
The mom and son made it out safely, before encountering a man lying in the parking lot.
“I started running toward him to try to help him,” Moonshadow said, “and my son grabbed me by my coat and said, ‘No, we can’t help him. We gotta go.’”
Another man told CBS News that his son-in-law and granddaughters hid inside a closet in the store for an hour.
“They walked into the pharmacy for him to get a COVID-19 shot and the shooter came in, shot the woman in front of them,” he said. “They hid, ran upstairs … They were hiding in a coat closet for the last hour.”
Last night there was a huge procession of police cars in honor of the slain officer, Eric Talley:
Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar. pic.twitter.com/tgt2DxPsqz
— Kirstin (@Roozersmom) March 23, 2021
As of now, the gunman still hasn’t been named and we don’t know of any motive for the shooting. We’ll keep you updated as we get more information.
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com