Senin, 22 Maret 2021

Colorado police responding to reports of active shooter at supermarket -

An “active shooter” has been led away from the scene of a horror shooting at a packed supermarket in the US city of Boulder, Colorado.

Reports from local media say a man opened fire at the King Soopers grocery store at 2.49pm local time.

The Boulder Police Department wrote on Twitter: “ALERT: Active Shooter at the King Soopers on Table Mesa. AVOID THE AREA. PIO is en-route.”

Eyewitness accounts say a man in full tactical gear opened fire in the car park of the grocery store before moving into the store where the shooting continued.

Soon after, a shirtless white man with a beard was escorted from the scene with his hands cuffed behind his back.

He had blood running down his right leg and was limping.

Police have not confirmed the number of fatalities or given an update on the man arrested but witnesses say there were at least three people on the ground, not moving, and more than 10 injured.

A witness told Fox News the man had a “short assault rifle” and started shooting in the car park.

A video from the scene that is too graphic to be published shows multiple bodies on the ground outside the store and a body just inside the front entrance.

A man recording the video says: “We need 911 here now. We’re at King Soopers in South Boulder. We’ve got injured parties on the ground. We don’t know if there’s an active shooter somewhere.”

A bystander tells him the shooter went “inside the store”. As the camera pans inside, there is a body on the ground and gunshots can be heard ringing out.

TV footage showed police helping multiple people to safety after they had cleared the area.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis said: “My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy.’’

James Bentz told the Denver Post he was inside the store when the shooting started. He said he heard a series of pops.

“I was then at the front of a stampede,” he said.

To escape, the 57-year-old ran to the loading dock where a number of people were taking care of older customers.

“It seemed like all of us had imagined we’d be in a situation like this at some point in our lives,” Bentz said.

While the scene at King Soopers is now under control, there are reports of a second shooter near Boulder High School.

Police and SWAT teams are responding. Boulder Police Department tweeted: “Boulder police asking people near 17th and Grove to shelter in place while they respond to report of armed, dangerous individual. PD is investigating to determine if this is related to King Soopers shooting.”

Colorado has sadly seen no shortage of mass shooting events including the Colombine High School shooting where 15 people died and the Aurora theatre shooting where 12 people died.

More to come.

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