A shooting at a crowded supermarket in the US state of Colorado killed 10 people on Monday, including the first police officer to arrive. A single suspect was in custody, authorities said.
Hundreds of police officers responded to the attack Monday afternoon, converging on a King Soopers supermarket in a busy shopping plaza in the city of Boulder.
SWAT officers wearing ballistic shields were slowly approaching the store while others were quickly escorting frightened people out of the building, some of their windows shattered. Customers and employees fled through a rear loading dock to safety. Others took refuge in nearby businesses.
A suspect was in custody, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Monday night. Authorities did not identify the suspect, although Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said the suspect was the only person injured and was receiving medical attention.
Officers had escorted a shirtless and handcuffed man, with blood running down his leg, from the tent during the siege. Authorities did not say if he was the suspect.
“This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County,” said Dougherty. “It was about people who went about their day, shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will ensure justice. “
Herold identified the slain officer as Eric Talley, 51, who had been with Boulder police since 2010. He was the first to arrive after responding to a call about shooting and someone carrying a rifle, he said.
“By all accounts, he was one of the most prominent officers in the Boulder Police Department, and his life was too short,” said Dougherty.
Dozens of police and emergency vehicles, with their lights on, escorted an ambulance carrying the officer from the scene of the shooting after dark. Some residents stood along the road with their arms raised in greeting.
The identities of the other nine victims were not released as the police were still notifying their families.
Dougherty said it was too early to speculate on a motive and that the investigation involving local, state and federal agencies would take days.
The attack in Boulder, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Denver and home to the University of Colorado, stunned a state that has witnessed several mass shootings, including the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and the shooting at the 2012 Aurora cinema.
Monday’s attack was the seventh mass killing this year in the United States, following the March 16 shooting that left eight people dead at three massage businesses in the Atlanta area, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA. Today and Northeastern University.
It follows a hiatus in mass killings during the 2020 pandemic, which had 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 including the shooter.
Investigators had just begun classifying the crime scene and conducting witness interviews, Dougherty said. Matthew Kirsch, Colorado’s acting federal prosecutor, promised that “the full weight of federal law enforcement” will support the investigation.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting.
Governor Jared Polis, meanwhile, said in a statement that “Today we saw the face of evil. I am grieving with my community and with all Coloradans. ” The King Soopers network said in a statement that it was offering prayers and support “to our associates, customers and first responders who responded so courageously to this tragic situation.”
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