Police respond to active shooter at Colorado supermarket 

At least six people were killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Colorado grocery store as video captured multiple victims lying wounded inside and outside the supermarket. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, the victims were shot just before 3pm local time at a King Soopers grocery store located at 3600 Table Mesa Drive.

In a tweet, officers from the Boulder Police Department warned locals to ‘avoid the area’.

A short time later, two police officers were seen escorting a shirtless man with blood running down his leg out of the grocery store in handcuffs. It has not been confirmed if the man is the suspected gunman.  

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A shirtless man with blood running down his leg was escorted out of the store in handcuffs by two police officers, a live TV feed showed

The man's right leg was covered in blood

A shirtless man with blood running down his leg was escorted out of the store in handcuffs by two police officers, a live TV feed showed

It's unclear if the man with the bleeding leg (pictured in handcuffs) is the suspected gunman

It’s unclear if the man with the bleeding leg (pictured in handcuffs) is the suspected gunman 

Heavily-armed officers are seen standing outside the supermarket on Monday afternoon

Heavily-armed officers are seen standing outside the supermarket on Monday afternoon 

Boulder (depicted) is located about 25 miles northwest of Denver

Boulder (depicted) is located about 25 miles northwest of Denver

There are reports of ‘multiple people down’ and ‘multiple shooters inside’ the store. 

Boulder Community Health confirmed to CNN that they have one patient who was transported to the center from the shooting. 

However, they did not release the condition of the patient. 

One video of the incident from YouTube shows two victims lying on the ground in the parking lot of the store. 

At least one victim is seen lying on the floor inside the store just moments before more gunshots are heard. Local reports say one victim is a police officer.  

Television helicopter video showed law enforcement vehicles and officers massing outside, including SWAT teams, and at least three helicopters on the roof of the store in Boulder, about 25 miles northwest of Denver.

Just before 4.30pm local time, Boulder police tweeted: ‘Please avoid the area of Table Mesa & Broadway! This is still a very active scene. Do NOT broadcast on social media any tactical information you might see. 

Healthcare workers were rushed out of the King Soopers grocery store after a gunman opened fire inside

Healthcare workers were rushed out of the King Soopers grocery store after a gunman opened fire inside 

Shoppers held hands as they were evacuated from the supermarket by police officers Monday afternoon

Shoppers held hands as they were evacuated from the supermarket by police officers Monday afternoon 

An emotional healthcare worker is seen standing outside the supermarket after being rushed to safety

An emotional healthcare worker is seen standing outside the supermarket after being rushed to safety 

Healthcare workers, who were administering COVID vaccinations at the store's pharmacy, and shoppers are tended to after being evacuated from the store

Healthcare workers, who were administering COVID vaccinations at the store’s pharmacy, and shoppers are tended to after being evacuated from the store 

Tactical police units respond to the scene of King Soopers. The windows of the store were left broken, likely from gunfire

Tactical police units respond to the scene of King Soopers. The windows of the store were left broken, likely from gunfire 

Officers from the Boulder Police Department are seen standing outside the grocery store on Monday

Officers from the Boulder Police Department are seen standing outside the grocery store on Monday 

SWAT teams descend from the roof of a King Soopers grocery store after the shooting

SWAT teams descend from the roof of a King Soopers grocery store after the shooting 

A SWAT team member runs toward the King Soopers grocery store where a gunman opened fire on Monday in Boulder

A SWAT team member runs toward the King Soopers grocery store where a gunman opened fire on Monday in Boulder

‘We will continue to tweet updates as we have them. If you live nearby please stay inside for now.’

About 45 minutes later, police tweeted: ‘Emergency notification just went out: 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.’ 

Officers had their guns drawn, and some windows at the front of the store were broken. 

Authorities over a loudspeaker said the building was surrounded and that ‘you need to surrender.’ They said to come out with hands up and unarmed.

An ambulance pulled away from the store, apparently carrying the bleeding man brought out of the store in handcuffs.  

After the man was escorted from the store, several minutes later, a line of people who appeared to have been shopping at the time were seen being taken to safety. 

One video of the incident from YouTube shows two victims (circled) lying on the ground in the parking lot of the store

One video of the incident from YouTube shows two victims (circled) lying on the ground in the parking lot of the store

At least one victim is seen lying on the floor inside the store just moments before more gunshots are heard. Local reports say one victim is a police officer

At least one victim is seen lying on the floor inside the store just moments before more gunshots are heard. Local reports say one victim is a police officer

Two people are seen being escorted to safety by three officers

Two people are seen being escorted to safety by three officers 

Officers and EMTs are seen standing outside the grocery store where the incident occurred

Officers and EMTs are seen standing outside the grocery store where the incident occurred 

Police work on the scene outside a King Soopers grocery store where a shooting took place Monday

Police work on the scene outside a King Soopers grocery store where a shooting took place Monday

Ryan Borowski told CNN that he was in the store when the shooter opened fire. 

‘We told employees what was going on so everybody helped each other and we just ran to safety as quickly as we could,’ Borowski said. 

‘I didn’t see the shooter. I saw terrified faces running towards me and that’s when I turned and ran the other direction.

Borowski said that Boulder ‘feels like the safest spot in America and I just nearly got killed for getting a soda, you know, and a bag of chips. Doesn’t feel good’.

A man who said he was shopping at the store told KCNC-TV that he heard ‘one loud bang, thought somebody just dropped something an employee or something, and then another, and then by the third one, everybody was running’. 

He said they ran to the back of the store, found the employee area and workers told them how to escape. He said they walked single file, with their arms on the backs of those in front of them. 

Another man told KCNC said his family was inside the pharmacy at King Soopers to get a Covid-19 vaccine when the shooter entered the building. 

‘I got the call from my daughter and my grandchildren that my son-in-law walked into the pharmacy for him to get a Covid-19 shot and the shooter came in, shot the woman in front of them,’ the man told the station. 

He said his family then hid in a closet for an hour before they were rescued. 

‘They were texting, hiding in the coat closet. Turned their phone off and were going “we’re hiding, we’re okay” you know, “don’t call” you know the phone would ring and give away their position,’ he added.  

Police officers stand outside the parking lot of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder

Police officers stand outside the parking lot of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder

Police officers and an ambulance are seen at the scene where an active shooter was reported at a grocery store in Boulder

Police officers and an ambulance are seen at the scene where an active shooter was reported at a grocery store in Boulder

Police respond to the scene of a King Soopers grocery store after the shooting on Monday

Police respond to the scene of a King Soopers grocery store after the shooting on Monday

Law enforcement SWAT teams from Jefferson County and Boulder were dispatched to the market in the southern part of the city of Boulder. 

The FBI is also on the scene. 

‘At the request of the Boulder Police Department, FBI Denver personnel are assisting with an investigation into an active shooter situation at a King Soopers grocery store on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder,’ the FBI’s Denver branch tweeted. 

One man told KDVR that he was ‘terrified’ and ‘in shock initially when we realized what was happening’.

The man said he was on his to pick up coffee from King Soopers when the shooting started.  

Through tears, he noted that ‘people my age, my generation are used to this’.

A person who answered the telephone at a nearby sandwich shop said he and his employees were locked down in the back of the store and all were safe. 

Someone who answered the phone at nail studio next door said she and her colleagues were safe. Neither had details on what happened at the market across the street. 

Shortly after learning of the incident, Colorado Gov Jared Polis tweeted: ‘Like my fellow Coloradans, I am closely watching unfolding events at King Soopers in Boulder. 

‘My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy.’ 

Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver said that ‘words can do no justice to the tragedy that has unfolded this afternoon’.

‘Our community will soon grieve our losses, and begin our healing. Our brave police officers and first responders have the gratitude of our entire city.’

Monday’s incident occurred less than a week after eight people were shot dead in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Police in Atlanta are still investigating suspected gunman Robert Aaron Long’s motive in connection with the shooting on Tuesday. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

All eight deceased victims were identified as: Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Soon C. Park, 44; Hyun J. Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69, and 63-year-old Yong Yue. 

Long, a 21-year-old Atlanta-area resident who is white, told police that sexual frustration led him to commit the violence. 

source: dailymail.co.uk