• Mon. Jun 27th, 2022

Ten dead in grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colorado

Boulder police reported an active shooter at the King Soopers location on Table Mesa Road shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday. Photo by: AirTracker7

By: KMGH Staff

UPDATE: The death toll has risen to 10, including a police officer. The following 10 victims are:

Suzanne Fountain, Rikki Olds, Officer Eric Talley, Jody Waters, Denny Stong, Tralona “Lona” Bartkowiak, Neven Stanisic, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, and Teri Leiker.

The suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is now is custody and is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted murder

Original Story

BOULDER, Colo. — Multiple law enforcement officials have confirmed at least six people are dead in a shooting at the King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive.

The shooting happened after 2:30 p.m. State law enforcement officials said when they arrived at the scene, a suspect opened fire on them.

AirTracker7 said three medevac helicopters were called in and were landing at Fairview High School.

During a press conference, Commander Kerry Yamaguchi confirmed that a Boulder police officer was killed during the shooting.

Video from the scene showed one man with a bloody leg being led away from the store in handcuffs and being loaded into an ambulance. It is not clear whether or not that man is a suspect in the shooting.

Many police officers from different agencies have responded to the scene and are telling people to avoid the area of the King Soopers.

The Boulder Valley School District says Boulder High is currently on SECURE-Lockout, which means any students on campus will stay inside due to police activity. It says no one should come to the area at this time. Students and coaches part of athletic teams were at Boulder High School when they were alerted of police responding to a situation in the neighborhood nearby. They are all safe and waiting for an all-clear.

The department sent out an emergency notification for people in the area of 17th Street and Grove Street to shelter in place for a report of an armed, dangerous individual potentially connected to the King Soopers situation.

Andrew Hummel was in the store at the time of the shooting when he said he heard a loud bang and everyone began sprinting toward the back of the store. He was able to get out safely. He says he heard multiple gunshots while he was inside.

“I pray that everybody impacted by this is doing all right,” Hummel said.

Hummel’s friend and roommate, Mason, works at the King Soopers. He is also OK, but Hummel said his friend texted that he didn’t know if he’d make it out alive.

“One of the biggest like scary texts he sent, he just said ‘I love you guys. Thank you for everything in case things go bad.’ That was a really hard text, especially for me being in this situation. That was something I would never want to hear from any of my friends. Because I knew the seriousness of what was going on. It was horrifying. It was truly horrifying,” Hummel said.

A law enforcement source told ABC News when they arrived at the scene, a suspect opened fire on them.

Sarah Moonshadow lives just a mile away has been coming to the King Soopers daily for a while. She and her 21-year-old son, Nick, heard the gunshots and got down. She said she heard multiple gunshots. The two started running to leave the store. On the way out, Moonshadow said she saw an older man laying in the street.

“There was a guy laying out in the street as soon as we got outside. And I started running toward him to try to help him, and my son said, ‘No, we can’t help him. We’ve gotta go’” Moonshadow said.

She said she wanted to stop, but she needed to keep to running because they were still too close and they didn’t know if the shooter was following them.

The FBI Denver said the Boulder Police Department has requested they assist with the investigation.

Following the shooting, King Soopers released the below statement:

We are horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence that occurred at our King Soopers store located on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, CO.

The entire King Soopers family offers our 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.

To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are referring questions to the Boulder Police Department.

Gov. Jared Polis said in a tweet, “My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy.”

Polis has since released the below statement:

The University of Colorado Boulder has canceled classes beginning at 5:30 p.m. or later due to the ongoing police situation.

This story was first reported by in KMGH Denver, Colorado.

Reposted with permission from WCPO 9 Cincinnati.

Original Link: https://www.wcpo.com/news/national/boulder-police-responding-to-active-shooter-situation-at-grocery-store