Police responded to an active shooter situation that left 10 people dead, including Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday afternoon, according to the Boulder Police Department. Live videos and other footage from the scene showed graphic scenes at the King Soopers supermarket.
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said in a news conference: “Our hearts of this community go out to the victims of this horrific incident. We know of 10 fatalities at the scene, including one of our Boulder PD officers by the name of Eric Talley.” She called the officer’s actions “heroic.” Officer Talley “was first on the scene, and he was fatally shot,” Herold said. “Again, my heart goes out to the victims of this incident…I am so sorry about the loss of Officer Talley.”
She confirmed that “we have one suspect in custody. I want to reassure the community that they are safe.” She said authorities are working with the coroner’s office to identify the other victims. “I know there are people out there waiting for an answer.” She said police would “work around the clock” to get that accomplished.
The suspect has been named as Ahmad Alissa.
You can read about the victims, including Talley, here as their names are released.
Boulder Police Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said in an earllier news conference that “we have multiple people who were killed in this incident. One of them was a Boulder police officer.” Officers arrived within minutes. There is no ongoing public threat, he said. Previously, police said the man in custody was a person of interest who was injured in the incident and is being treated for the injuries. His name was not released; nor was his motive.
Boulder police quoted the chief, Maris Herold, as saying, “Our hearts go out to all families impacted. There are 10 fatalities.” Boulder PD wrote: “She identified slain Police Officer Eric Talley, who was one of the first on the scene. She calls officer’s actions ‘heroic.'” In a news conference, District Attorney Michael Dougherty said, “My heart goes out to family of Officer Eric Talley. His life was cut much too short.” He expressed condolences to the families of the other nine victims as well, saying there would be a “painstaking investigation.” Authorities have not yet named the other victims. It was previously reported that six people had died, but the death toll climbed throughout the night.
Boulder police Commander Kerry Yamaguchi earlier confirmed that a male Boulder police officer was among the victims. The slain officer’s colleagues escorted his body in a solemn procession through the streets of Boulder.
The police chief said Talley, 51, had worked for the department since 2010.
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The District Attorney Called the Mass Shooting a ‘Nightmare’
“A tragedy and a nightmare,” is how the local district attorney, Michael Dougherty, described the mass shooting during the news conference.
One disturbing video shows two victims on the ground outside the store, and a third on the floor just inside. “Get 911 right here,” the man who is filming the video says. “We’ve got injured parties on the ground. We don’t know. There’s a shooter, active shooter somewhere. Could be in the store. He went in the store. Oh my God. Guys, we’ve got people down in King Soopers.” Gunfire then rings out in the video.
An elderly man stands in the doorway of the store, uninjured, in the video. According to police scanner traffic obtained by Heavy, one of the victims of the shooting was a police officer who was among the first responders to the scene. Authorities have not yet provided much information about the shooting but said the situation was still active and under investigation.
‼️The #Boulder Colorado Active #Shooter In The “King Soopers” Supermarket Has Been Apprehended By The S.W.A.T Teams. Prayers 🙏 For All Those Injured For A Speedy Recovery ‼️
— Ash (@Ash_Pro1) March 22, 2021
The suspect’s name and motive are not yet clear. Police have not yet confirmed the number of victims wounded. Witnesses described a mad rush for exits after gunfire rang out, according to Denver7.
You can listen to the initial live scanner audio here:
Boulder police initially wrote on Twitter, “ALERT: Active Shooter at the King Soopers on Table Mesa. AVOID THE AREA. PIO is en-route.”
Later in the afternoon, Boulder police wrote on Twitter, “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.”
A Man Was Streaming Live From the Scene
You can watch live video from the scene above, but you have to click through to YouTube to due to age restrictions. “Guys this happened … not even 30 seconds ago. I heard gunshots going. Guys there’s an active shooter,” the streamer says.
Police scanner reports also indicated there might be as many as six people dead.
“People ran out the back door. The active shooter is still in there,” the live streamer says early in the video. He then runs around the store. “Guys we’ve got an active shooter situation at King Soopers,” he says. “He’s inside the building right now.” Police are not at the scene as the video streams initially, but you can hear their sirens in the distance.
Boulder police arrive and converge en masse at the store’s front door. An armored vehicle was also used by authorities at the scene.
A witness told The Denver Post, “He didn’t say s***. He just came in and started shooting.” A second witness told the newspaper that the shooter “let off a couple of shots, then was silent, and then he let off a couple more. He wasn’t spraying.”
Dramatic Photos Emerged From the Scene
Dramatic photos also emerged from the scene. One showed a man with blood on his leg. He was being led away in handcuffs, but it was not immediately clear whether he was the person of interest.
Other videos showed what appeared to be a man in handcuffs.
The grocery store is located at 3600 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. The mass shooting broke out at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021.