Supermarket shooting in Colorado: ten people dead

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Supermarket shooting in Colorado: ten people dead

Police say shooter’s motives unknown

Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, authorities said.

The suspect has been taken into custody, police said in a briefing Monday evening.

Earlier, U.S. television stations showed footage of police escorting a waist-naked, handcuffed, bloodied man out of a supermarket building.

The shooter’s motives are unknown, police spokesman Cmdr. Kerry Yamaguchi said at a news conference. The deceased officer was a member of the Boulder Police Department, he said.

Law enforcement officials said the alleged shooter used an AR-type rifle.

Eyewitnesses told local television stations that a man suddenly opened fire at the King Soopers store, causing panic among customers, then tried to leave the building when police arrived on the scene.

“My heart breaks as we watch this unheard-of event unfold in Boulder,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in a statement posted on Twitter.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden has already been briefed on the incident.

“The president has been briefed on the Colorado shooting, his team will keep him informed as events unfold,” Psaki tweeted.

Yamaguchi said the suspect was receiving medical treatment but did not give details of the shooting or the number of fatalities.

Yamaguchi said police are continuing to investigate and do not have details related to the motive.

The man who left the store, Dean Schiller, told the Associated Press that he heard gunshots and saw three people lying face down — two in the parking lot and one at the entrance. He said he couldn’t tell if they were breathing.

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A video surfaced on YouTube showing a man on the floor inside the King Soopers store and two others outside on the ground, but the extent of their injuries is unclear. At the beginning of the video, sounds similar to two gunshots can be heard.

One person was taken from the scene of the shooting to Foothills Hospital, said Rich Sheehan, a spokesman for Boulder Public Health Services, which operates the hospital.

“We have been notified that no other patients will be admitted to us,” Sheehan said, noting that he could not provide additional information.

Law enforcement officers, including SWAT teams, have piled up outside the store. At least three helicopters landed on the roof.

The city, 40 kilometers from Denver, is home to the University of Colorado.

The FBI said it was assisting in the investigation at the request of the Boulder police.