On March 22nd, at least 10 people, including a police officer were killed in a mass shooting in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
The fatal shooting at the King Soopers store comes less than a week after shooting attacks at three spas in the Atlanta area left eight people dead.
A suspect is in custody, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said, but authorities did not share any information on the type of weapon used or any possible motive.
“We will work around the clock to get this accomplished,” she said, adding that such a complex investigation will take at least five days to complete.
Herold said the slain officer, 51-year-old Eric Talley, was one of the first officers to respond to the scene.
The identities of no other victim were revealed.
A witness, Ryan Borowski said he was shopping at the store when he heard the first shots, and by the third one, everyone was running.
He said he couldn’t believe it happened in his town.
“Boulder feels like a bubble, and the bubble burst,” Borowski said. “This feels like the safest spot in America, and I just nearly got killed for getting a soda and a bag of chips.”
He added: “It doesn’t feel like there’s anywhere safe anymore.”
Boulder police commander Kerry Yamaguchi said at a news conference that a suspect was getting medical treatment and there was no further threat to the public.
“We had multiple people who were killed in this incident, and I’m sorry to have to report that one of them was a Boulder police officer,” Commander Yamaguchi said.
The killed police officer, Eric Talley, went to the store after a call about shots fired and someone carrying a rifle.
“He was by all accounts one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department, and his life was cut too short,” Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.
“This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County,” Dougherty said.
“These were people going about their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice.”
Police had told people to shelter in place amid a report of an “armed, dangerous individual” about 5 kilometers away from the grocery store but said at the news conference later that it wasn’t related to the shooting.
The FBI said it was helping in the investigation at the request of police.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting.
In a statement, the King Soopers chain offered “thoughts, prayers and support to our associates, customers, and the first responders who so bravely responded to this tragic situation”.
“We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and our store will remain closed during the police investigation.”
Events such as this are still obviously commonplace in America, even with the new administration and the “new, rejuvenated United States” under President Joe Biden, and VP Kamala Harris in the White House.
Clearly, little has changed, both internationally and domestically.
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