10 killed in supermarket shooting in Boulder, Colorado

UniqueThis 70 Mar 22
 

Eric Talley's sister Kirstin took to Twitter Monday night to express her profound grief. Talley is the Boulder police officer killed in the mass shooting in a supermarket in the city. Kirsten said, "Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar.

Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar. pic.twitter.com/tgt2DxPsqz

— Kirstin (@Roozersmom) March 23, 2021
 

The Colorado chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action denounced the Boulder shooting. Both are part of Everytown for Gun Safety, which calls itself the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.

That group's president, John Feinblatt, called it "absolutely heartbreaking." 

"This is yet another in a long string of horrific tragedies, from Boulder today to Atlanta last week to the dozens more people in the United States who are shot every day, but whose stories do not make the headlines," he said. "To save lives and end these senseless killings, we need more than thoughts and prayers — we need federal action on gun safety from the Senate and the administration, and we need it now." 

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action said, "We can't and won't accept gun violence in our supermarkets to spas to our homes, as just another fact of life. It's past time for our leaders to act and protect us from gun violence."

And Colorado Moms Demand Action volunteer Nicole LiaBraaten called it "yet another painful reminder of our nation's urgent gun violence crisis. We should not have to fear for our lives doing something as simple as going to the grocery store. We must work to strengthen our gun laws and protect our communities from tragedies like this."

 
 

Ten people were killed in the shooting, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Monday night. Herold identified the slain officer as 51-year-old Eric Talley.

Rest In peace Officer Eric Talley. Your service will never be forgotten #BoulderShooting pic.twitter.com/FVximvhS2E

— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 23, 2021
 

Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said that a person of interest has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. That person was injured during the violence and is being treated. 

Yamaguchi said there is no ongoing threat to the public at this time. 

 

Multiple people were killed during the shooting, including a Boulder police officer, Commander Kerry Yamaguchi told reporters. 

 

President Biden has been briefed on the shooting, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Mr. Biden did not immediately comment on the incident.

The President has been briefed on the shooting in Colorado and he will be kept up to date by his team as there are additional developments.

— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) March 23, 2021
 

The University of Colorado at Boulder canceled classes while police swarmed the scene at the King Soopers grocery store. The college on Monday afternoon said classes held at 5:30 p.m. local time and later were canceled "due to an ongoing police situation" off-campus.

The college urged instructors to use discretion on whether to end classes early. 

 

Boulder Police warned residents in a nearby part of the city to shelter in place due to a report of an "armed, dangerous individual." Police said it's not yet clear if this is related to the King Soopers shooting. 

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.

— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 22, 2021
 

A man told CBS Denver that his son-in-law and grandchildren were inside the store during the shooting and that they saw a woman get shot directly in front of them. The man said his family had come to his store so his son-in-law could get a coronavirus vaccine. 

"The shooter came in, shot the woman in front of them," he said. "They hid, ran upstairs, and [have been] hiding in a coat closet for the last hour." 

The man said his family has since escaped and is now outside of the store. 

"I'm gonna go give them a hug," he said. 

Man says family was in store during shooting 01:34
 

The FBI is on the scene of the shooting assisting the Boulder Police Department. 

 

Colorado Governor Jared Polis said Monday that he is monitoring the situation. 

"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," 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.

— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) March 22, 2021
 

A witness told CBS Denver that he started hearing loud bangs while inside the store. At first, he said, he thought someone had dropped something — but by the third, people started running. He said the store was "decently crowded," but expressed relief that there weren't more people inside. 

"I can't believe it's happening in Boulder," he said. 

Witness describes active shooter in store 02:17

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