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Boulder Shooting Witness ‘Just Terrified,’ Recounts Ordeal in Viral Video

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A video of a local recalling the moment he “saw a terrible sight after shots were fired” in the shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people has gone viral.

The clip was shared by Shaul Turner, a reporter for KDVR in Denver, who tweeted: “He was on his way to pick up coffee at the King Soopers in Boulder on Table Mesa Dr. when he saw a terrible sight after shots were fired.” The video has had over 500,000 views since it was first shared on Monday.

The man recalled being “just terrified, honestly. I was in shock initially when we realized what was happening. And once I called my mom and said I was OK and let her know what was happening and she…it all kinda sunk in and I started panicking and realizing that this should…this is…I don’t even know…

“The fact that it’s happening all over America, seeing it on the news, it’s something I’ve grown up with…people my age and my generation are ‘used to this’ and it’s just never something that I think would ever happen in my town, where I’m living,” the local said.

Hundreds of police officers across the Denver metropolitan area responded to the shooting, which took place Monday afternoon at a King Soopers store—a subsidiary of the Kroger supermarket chain—in a busy shopping plaza in the southern part of Boulder.

He was on his way to pick up coffee at the King Soopers in Boulder on Table Mesa Dr. when he saw a terrible sight after shots were fired.
updates @KDVR #Bouldershooting pic.twitter.com/g9hEE7AQFM

— Shaul Turner (@ShaulTurner) March 22, 2021

SWAT officers carrying ballistic shields were reported to have been at the scene, slowly approaching the store. Other officers escorted people away from the building, which had some of its windows shattered.

Customers and workers were reported to have safely escaped through a back loading dock, while others found refuge in stores nearby.

A suspect, who has not been named, was taken into custody, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said late Monday.

Boulder Police Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said: “There is no ongoing public threat.

“We do have a person of interest in custody. That person was injured during the incident and is being treated for the injuries.”

Among the fatalities is police officer Eric Talley, 51, who was the first to arrive after responding to a call about shots being fired and someone carrying a rifle, according to Herold.

The identities of the nine others who died have not been disclosed. The Boulder Police Department tweeted Tuesday: “Police/coroner will not release names of other victims until families have been notified.”

It is unclear how the shooter was captured. Police did not reveal the type of weapon or weapons used in the shooting. Herold said police received a call “about a possible person with a patrol rifle.”

Police did not provide information on a possible motive for the shooting. Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said it was too early to speculate, the Associated Press reported.

Police were also unable to say whether the gunman knew any of his victims or had ties to the store.

The investigation involving local, state and federal agencies is ongoing.

Police vehicles seen outside the King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado on March 22.
Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images

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