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Supermarket Mass Shooting in Colorado Leaves 10 Dead

A gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, 10 people are murdered, including a police officer, before being arrested, marking the second deadly U.S. mass shooting in less than a week.

Few immediate details of the shooting and no known motive for the brutality were given by the Police, on the incident which happened around 3 p.m. at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, a north-central Colorado city at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, about 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Denver.

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Panicked shoppers and employees ran for cover through the supermarket as the police officers crowded the scene, located about 2 miles from the University of Colorado’s flagship campus.

Sarah Moonshadow, 42, a customer and Boulder resident who at the time of the shooting was right on the spot with her son, Nicholas, described horrifying scenes as gunfire rang out from inside the store.

“We were at the checkout, and shots just started going off,” she told Reuters. “And I said, ‘Nicholas get down.’ And Nicholas ducked. And we just started listening and there, just repetitive shots … and I just said, ‘Nicholas, run.’”

The woman said she tried to go to help a victim she saw lying on the pavement just outside the supermarket, but her son pulled her away, telling her, ‘We have to go.’” She burst into tears, adding, “I couldn’t help anybody.”

The massacre came less than a week after last Tuesday’s gun violence resulting in eight people dead, with six Asian women among them, at three day spas in and around Atlanta. A 21-year-old man has been charged for their deaths.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said 10 people lost their lives in the shooting at King Soopers grocery. 51-year-old police officer Eric Talley was among them, an 11-year veteran of the Boulder police force, who Herold said was the first officer at the scene.

The suspected gunman was believed to be the only person with serious wounds who survived the bloodshed, according to the Police. The gunman was not publicly identified.

Video footage from the scene broadcast earlier by television stations showed a man with a beard, with no shirt, in boxer shorts being led away from the store in handcuffs, before he was put down on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance vehicle. This man appeared to have a bloody leg and was limping as he walked.

One man who said he and his wife were shopping inside the supermarket told KCNC-TV that he heard three loud bangs he took for gunshots, and ran through the store with other shoppers to run away through a loading bay at the rear of the building.

The man explained that it sounded like the apparent shots came from the checkout area at the store’s front.

Police stand outside a King Soopers grocery store where authorities say multiple people have been killed in a shooting, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Authorities gave few details about how the shooting happened. Several hours after the fact, Commander Kerry Yamaguchi of the Boulder Police Department told reporters that investigators were just starting to process the crime scene.

“Boulder has suffered a terrible and horrific mass shooting today,” Michael Dougherty, Boulder County District Attorney, stated at a news conference later in the evening.

Video footage taken by an eyewitness and posted to social media shows two bodies lying in the grocery store parking area, before the person with the camera walks inside and records a third body lying on the spot, while three shots are heard in the background.

The Table Mesa area of Boulder where the attack happened is home to a residential neighborhood and the hilltop laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Police refused to say what type of weapon was used, but it was reported by the Denver Post that the earliest 911-emergency calls described the attacker’s firearms as a “patrol rifle.”

A man holds an American flag as a procession of emergency vehicles leaves a King Soopers grocery store where a shooting took place Monday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Source: The New York Times 

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