A gunman opened fire inside a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday afternoon (March 22), sending shoppers scurrying for their lives. The shooting left several people dead, including a police officer killed in the line of duty, after an hour-long standoff.
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference Monday night that 10 people were killed in the shooting at the King Soopers supermarket, including one Boulder police officer.
Herold expressed her condolences to the victims of the shooting and thanked the officers who responded (to the incident).
The police chief went on to say that she is aware of the urgent public need for information about the shooting and assured that her department will work as quickly as possible to make the facts available to the public.
Herrod said the Boulder police officer who was fatally shot at the supermarket was Eric Talley.
Talley was the first officer to arrive on the scene, according to Herold. Talley, 51, has been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010, Rhodes said.
Boulder Police Department Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said one suspect was injured and is currently in custody at the station.
Video from the scene shows a man being led away from the scene, handcuffed, bleeding and half-naked.
A law enforcement official said the gunman’s motive has not been determined.
A gunman opened fire inside a Boulder, Colorado supermarket Monday afternoon (March 22), sending shoppers scurrying for their lives. The shooting left several people dead, including a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Yamaguchi said at a news conference outside the scene of the shooting that there are no ongoing threats related to the shooting, saying, “There is one person in custody.”
He said it was important to determine if the shooter had any connection to the people in the store as part of the investigation. He added that he did not know if the shooter had any ties to any of the employees.
Authorities said it is not known what type of weapon the shooter used or if the suspect was equipped with military gear.
“We had a very tragic incident today at King Soopers.” Yamaguchi said, “I ask the media and the public to respect the privacy of police officers and their families, as well as their colleagues, during this difficult Time.”
He said the swift response of law enforcement in the area saved lives. He said officers arrived (on the scene) within minutes of the 911 call and were soon inside the (supermarket) building.
“Without that swift response, we don’t know if more lives would have been lost.” Yamaguchi said.
A gunman opened fire inside a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket Monday afternoon (March 22), sending shoppers scurrying for their lives. The shooting left several people dead, including a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty called Monday’s shooting “a tragedy and a nightmare” and vowed to seek justice for all victims.
At a news conference with police, Dougherty confirmed that a suspect is in custody, but stressed that the investigation is in the “very early stages” and much work remains to be done.
He added: “It is very important that this is a concerted effort and we will stand united in support of the victims and their families to ensure that justice is done.”
Yamaguchi added that it is not yet known how many people were in the store at the time of the shooting. He said that is another part of the ongoing investigation.
Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis (D) said his heart was broken after the incident.
Kroger, which owns the King Soopers supermarket brand in the Rockies, said in a statement that the senseless violence at the Boulder store was shocking and sad.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the company said, “The entire Kroger Family extends our thoughts, prayers and support to our employees, customers and first responders who have bravely reacted to this tragic event.”