Colorado shooting survivor: potato chips saved my life

A shooting at a Colorado supermarket at 2:30 p.m. March 22 left 10 people dead, including Boulder police officer Eric Talley and two Starbucks employees.

A shooting inside the Boulder, Colorado supermarket King Soopers on Monday afternoon (March 22) left 10 people dead. Some of the survivors described their terrifying escape to the media, including one who lamented, “The chips saved my Life.

Ryan Borowski told Canadian television (CTV) in an interview Tuesday (March 23) that he was shopping at the King Sooper supermarket when the shooting occurred. “I had thought about getting some ice cream and actually went and picked out a bag of chips. I kept reflecting on it: if I had decided to buy ice cream, I might have died.”

After deciding not to go to the ice cream vending section on the east side of the store, Borowski entered the west end of the supermarket where the chips were located. At that moment, he heard gunshots, and that gunman opened fire inside the store.

“If I had chosen to go get ice cream, it was that simple, and I would have walked right up to the shooter.” Borowski said, “The chips saved my life.”

Borowski said the first gunshot he heard in the store was silent and confusing.

“I don’t remember anyone screaming. I don’t remember anything, it was just confusion,” he said, “maybe somebody dropped something, and then the second shot went off, and obviously, it wasn’t somebody dropping something.”

Soon, people started running. Borowski, who once worked in a grocery store, said his instincts led him to run for the back door that led to the store’s storage room.

Borowski said he and others ran for the back door of the store before supermarket employees led them out of the store. “A couple of employees saw us, and we told them, gun, gun, gun, run for your life.”

But some people froze in fear, he recalled.

Borowski said, “We ran, and I don’t know why others didn’t, and I’m sorry they froze, I just wish it hadn’t happened – why would it? I wish I had an answer for that.”

Sarah Moonshadow and her son, Nicholas, were paying at the supermarket checkout when the shooting took place.

I said, ‘Nicholas get down,’ and Nicholas ducked,” Sarah recalled, “The first sound shocked me, and the second one made me sure it was a gunshot,” Reuters reported. That’s when we started listening.”

“Then there was a brief pause, and I just said, ‘Nicholas, run!’ He said, ‘No, don’t move.’ I said, ‘Now run! We have three seconds.'” Mom Sarah recalls.

“He (Nicholas) started running, and then he (the shooter) shot at us – we could feel it. We kept running, just running.”

The shooting, which occurred at 2:30 p.m. Monday, left 10 people dead, including Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley and two Starbucks employees.

Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley was killed in the shooting on March 22. (Boulder Police Department)

Logan Smith, who worked at the Starbucks inside the supermarket for a year, recalled how he panicked and hid himself and his co-workers behind the kiosk.

“I ran to my co-worker, took her to a corner, put some trash cans over her and protected her,” he said on NBC’s “Today” show. “If the shooter had gone into the kiosk, I would have been in a life-threatening situation.”

Smith added that he noted other recent shootings in Colorado, “and it seems to me that something similar could happen.”

The shooting at a Colorado supermarket at 2:30 p.m. March 22 left 10 people dead, including a Boulder police officer and two Starbucks employees.

Newlyweds Neven Sloan and Quinlyn Sloan heard the shots ring out at 2:30 p.m. as they were shopping in the supermarket.

“The first thing I heard was a bang,” Quinlyn recalled on the “Today” show, adding that she and her husband were separated in the store. “I didn’t react immediately, it (the gunshot) was muffled because it was happening outside. Then it got louder – a series of gunshots.”

Then she and Navin reunited and rushed outside. But Navin ran back into the store and helped a man named Michael (Michael) and two elderly women escape.

“I felt God forcing me to go back,” Navin said. “I just wanted to go back and help them and help Michael get those two ladies out.”

Quillen wasn’t surprised by Navin’s heroic act.

“Everyone in the crowd was fleeing, and my husband, who had just been married a month and a half, was running toward there,” she said. “That was totally his heart, just the way he loves people.”

The shooting at a Colorado supermarket at 2:30 p.m. March 22 left 10 people dead, including a Boulder police officer and two Starbucks employees.