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Senin, 22 Maret 2021

Colorado shooting: At least six dead after after ‘active shooter’ at King Soopers supermarket - NEWS.com.au

There are at least six people dead, including at least one police officer, after a shooter dressed in tactical gear methodically gunned down shoppers at a supermarket in the US city of Boulder, Colorado while saying nothing, according to witnesses.

The man opened fire at the King Soopers grocery store at South Boulder about 2.50pm local time on Monday.

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.

Paramedics placed him on a stretcher before he was lifted into the back of an ambulance and accompanied by police.

Fox News reports there are “at least six people dead”, including one police officer but other deaths are expected. Witnesses say there were at least three people on the ground, not moving, and more than 10 injured.

At a press conference outside the supermarket, authorities said there was only one suspect and no details about a motive at this stage.

“We had a very tragic incident today,” Boulder Police Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said.

“There was loss of life, multiple people killed. I’m sorry to have to report one of them was a Boulder police officer.

“We got tremendous support from law enforcement agencies. Without that quick response, we don’t know if there would’ve been more loss of life.

“There is no ongoing public threat. We have a person of interest in custody. That person was injured and is being treated for the injuries.”

District Attorney Michael Dougherty told reporters: “This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder.”

SWAT teams gathered at the scene described by witnesses as “chaos”. Over loudspeaker, police told the shooter inside “you need to surrender”. The bloodied man emerged wearing just his underwear.

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

“We were standing in our restaurant. We knew it was really serious because police were running with machine guns,” he said.

“It’s shocking. This is our neighbourhood centre. You didn’t think it would happen in Boulder, Colorado.”

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.

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 were reports of a second shooter near Boulder High School.

Police and SWAT teams responded. 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.”

Later, they confirmed the shelter in place notice had been lifted.

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.’’

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

More to come.

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