At least ten people have been killed at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, including a police officer. The shooting occurred just before 3 p.m. local time.
Fallen Boulder police officer Eric Talley was 51 years old and with the department since 2010.
“Our hearts go out to all families impacted. There are 10 fatalities. She identified slain Police Officer Eric Talley, who was one of the first on the scene. She calls officer’s actions “heroic,” Boulder Police chief said in a tweet.
A man has been arrested in connection with the mass killing at the supermarket in Boulder, just a half hour northwest of Denver.
Reports said the shooter opened fire on customers and responding officers.
Police said a suspect was in custody but offered sketchy details about the deadly shooting. There was no information about the motive or the weapon used in the attack.
Kerry Yamaguchi, Boulder Police Commander, said at a news conference that the suspect was being treated for an injury at a hospital.
Colorado District Attorney Michael Dougherty said officials were still in the process of notifying family members of the victims. Authorities did not say how many people were killed or injured.
A white suspect was seen handcuffed and being taken away by the police following the chaotic scene.
Witnesses said customers were rushing to exits at the front and back of the supermarket after shots were fired.
Local 7, which represents 32 grocery workers at King Soopers Store #33 in Boulder condemned the senseless act of violence in a statement.
“Today our community experienced a senseless act of violence that caused an unnecessary loss of life in Boulder’s vibrant community. It is with deep sadness we mourn the victims and their families who have lost loved ones today, including the heroic Boulder police officer who died in the line of duty. We are forever grateful to the grocery workers, customers, and the first responders who acted swiftly to prevent even greater loss of life–protecting our members and all those in danger inside the store.
“This senseless act of evil also highlights and shines a light on the best of human nature. There are news reports that after gunshots rang out, grocery workers helped customers in the store find safety, directing shoppers to an exit at the back of the store, and assisted one another to escape the danger inside.
“No one should have to fear for their lives while they grocery shop or go to work every day. Unfortunately, our grocery members, frontline Essential Workers, have lived in fear each and every day during the pandemic. These workers have risked getting COVID-19 to make sure shelves were stocked and communities had access to food and other essential services. As COVID-19 cases increased, and colleagues fell ill and some died, they continued to go to work, even as they faced COVID-19 workplace hazards, as well as hostile customers including verbal and physical attacks by unstable members of the public.
“For the last year our members and other associates have fought an invisible enemy, COVID-19, but today several innocent souls were killed by an evil human. We call on government officials and employers to do more to protect our members and communities from the constant threat of violence.”
“Local 7 continues to monitor the situation as details become available.”
This is a developing story that will be updated.