A shooting spree at King Soopers market in Boulder, Colorado left 10 people dead and many injured. The gunman was arrested. He was also injured and shifted to the hospital for medical treatment.
The motive behind the shootout is not known.
Boulder police have identified the suspected assailant as 21-year-old Ahmed Alissa. He is currently in the hospital, being treated for a leg injury that he suffered during the crossfire.
The famous grocery store is located in a busy shopping area in Boulder, a small north-central Colorado city that is almost 30 miles away from Denver.
The suspected shooter entered the supermarket at about 14:30 local time and opened fire instantly.
The horrific memory of the fateful day will haunt the survivors forever as they witnessed a gunman standing over an elderly man whom he had shot in the parking lot.
Police received many calls reporting the incident. The first call was made at 2:30 pm local time.
The victims included the store manager and a police officer, a father to seven kids. He was known as a dutiful officer.
The names of the Colorado shooting victims are:
- Neven Stanisic, 23
- Tralona Bartkowiak, 49
- Jody Waters, 65
- Officer Eric Talley, 51
- Suzanne Fountain, 59
- Lynn Murray, 62
- Denny Stong, 20
- Rikki Olds, 25
- Teri Leiker, 51
- Kevin Mahoney, 61
Boulder Police Department’s Chief Maris Herold held a news conference after the incident. She paid an emotional tribute to the slain officer, calling him a very kind man with seven children aged between five to eighteen. She proclaimed that she has been feeling numb since the attack as she lives only three blocks up the street from that particular store.
The shooting incident occurred less than a week after a massive shooting in Atlanta accounted for eight deaths, with most of the victims being Asian American. The supermarket shooting in Colorado is the seventh incident of mass killing this year, following a surge in mass killings during the pandemic according to Associated Press (AP).
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