BOULDER, Colo. — Ten people have been killed Monday, together with a police officer, when a gunman opened hearth at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, the second mass taking pictures in the U.S. in per week.
“These were people going about their day, doing their shopping,” Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty stated at a late-night press briefing. He described the day’s occasions as “a tragedy and a nightmare.”
The police officer who died was recognized as Eric Talley, 51, an 11-year veteran on the Boulder drive. Talley was responding to the King Soopers grocery market when he was gunned down. His police chief, Maris Herold, gave the impression to be choking again tears as she spoke to the media Monday evening and confirmed the demise toll.
“I have to tell you [of] the heroic action of this officer when he responded at the scene,” Herold stated, explaining the Boulder Police Department received a name about photographs fired early in the afternoon. “Officer Talley responded to the scene – he was the first on the scene – and he was fatally shot.
“My coronary heart goes out to the victims of this incident and I’m grateful to the law enforcement officials that responded,” she said. “And I’m so sorry in regards to the lack of Officer Talley.”
Boulder Police Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said a suspect has been arrested.
“There is not any ongoing public risk,” Yamaguchi stated. “We do have a person of interest in custody. That person was injured during the incident and is being treated for the injuries.”
No motive for the attack was disclosed. Matthew T. Kirsch, the First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, said the FBI and other federal agents will be assisting in the case. He promised that the “full weight of federal legislation enforcement” will be brought in the investigation.
The taking pictures comes six days after eight people – six of them ladies of Asian descent – have been killed by a gunman at three spas in Atlanta and a close-by county.
Roberto and Ilce Rivero’s son, who attends Fairview High School near the King Soopers feels shootings are the norm, and he hopes that feeling will change.
“I hope this tragedy… will assist change legal guidelines, gun legal guidelines in explicit, and we will all work collectively to make a greater, extra peaceable world for our kids,” Roberto said, then adding, “This is a tragic day for Boulder.”
The White House said President Joe Biden has been briefed on Monday’s attack and will be kept up to date on developments. The FBI office in Denver tweeted that it’s assisting in the investigation at the request of the Boulder police.
Officers armed with tactical gear and rifles responded Monday afternoon to reports of an active shooter at a King Soopers supermarket in the southern part of Boulder, about 25 miles northwest of Denver.
At 2.49 p.m. local time, the Boulder Police Department tweeted an alert for people to stay away from the area around the supermarket.
At one point, authorities were heard over a loudspeaker telling someone the building was surrounded and “you need to surrender” and come out with hands up and unarmed.
A shirtless man with blood running down his leg was escorted out of the store in handcuffs by two police officers, a live TV feed showed. An ambulance pulled away from the store, apparently carrying the man. It was not clear whether that man was the suspect, but Yamaguchi said nobody else besides him and those who died was injured.
One person was taken from the shooting scene to Foothills Hospital in Boulder, said Rich Sheehan, spokesman for Boulder Community Health, which operates the hospital. Sheehan said he could not provide additional details but did say that “we have been notified we will not be receiving any additional patients.”
At 4:18 p.m., police reiterated the warning to avoid the area – “that is nonetheless a really energetic scene” – and requested native residents to remain inside and to not “broadcast on social media any tactical information you might see.” The shelter-in-place request was lifted around 6:40 p.m. Mountain Time.
King Soopers is a Denver-based subsidiary of supermarket giant Kroger. It operates more than 150 stores in Colorado and Wyoming. Kroger is based in Cincinnati.
In the wake of mass shootings elsewhere, Kroger asked shoppers in 2019 to leave their firearms at home. The change in policy came a day after grocery rival Walmart made a similar change. The previous policy had been to defer to state or local gun regulations.
Dean Schiller, who had just left the Boulder store, told The Associated Press that he heard gunshots and saw three people lying face down, two in the parking lot and one near the doorway. He said he “couldn’t tell if they were breathing.”
James Bentz, 57, told the Denver Post he was in the supermarket’s meat section when gunfire rang out. After hearing what he thought was a misfire, he heard several pops, and “I was then at the front of a stampede.”
Television helicopter video showed law enforcement vehicles and officers massing outside, including SWAT teams, and at least three helicopters on the roof of the store.
Officers had their guns drawn outside, and some windows at the front of the store were broken. TV footage showed officers helping two people to safety.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he was monitoring the situation. “My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of disappointment and grief as we be taught extra in regards to the extent of the tragedy,” he tweeted.
Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver expressed regret, saying “our community will soon grieve our losses.”
The better Denver metro space has been besieged with among the nation’s most notorious mass shootings, together with the assault at Columbine High School in 1999 that left 12 college students and a instructor useless earlier than the 2 killers dedicated suicide. The Columbine bloodbath, which occurred about 41 miles south of Boulder, on the time was the deadliest faculty taking pictures in U.S. historical past.
In July 2012, James Eagan Holmes killed 12 at a midnight screening of the movie The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, about 35 miles southeast of Boulder. Holmes, who later obtained 12 life sentences in the murders, additionally injured 70 in the assault, in which he sealed off doorways in the movie show earlier than he moved in carrying tactical gear to terrorize 400 people with a 12-gauge shotgun and two different weapons.
Another taking pictures, in Colorado Springs at a Planned Parenthood clinic, left three useless and 9 injured in November 2015. The killer, described as delusional, was finally discovered incompetent to face trial and a choose ordered him indefinitely confined to a psychological hospital.
And in May 2019, one scholar was killed and eight others injured in an ambush assault at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a constitution faculty positioned in Douglas County, about 68 miles south of Boulder. One suspect has pleaded responsible in the case and one other is awaiting trial in May 2021.
Contributing: Mike James and Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY; Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer; The Associated Press