Police took at least one person into custody Monday after responding to reports of a shooting inside a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
The Boulder Police Department tweeted at 1:49 p.m. MDT for the public to avoid the King Soopers supermarket due to an active shooter in the building.
Police told both ABC News and a local NBC station that officers responded to a report of someone shot in the grocery store’s parking lot area. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, someone reportedly opened fire on them.
A man who identified himself as a videographer and journalist said in his YouTube livestream that he was near the King Soopers when he heard several gunshots. The videographer, who was later identified as Dean Schiller in an interview with the local Fox station, said he saw multiple “bodies on the ground,” including one outside the store’s front door and one in the parking lot.
“Hey, guys, I have a couple friends in there, so let’s pray that they’re doing all right,” said the man, whose YouTube account ZFG Videography describes his work as documenting Boulder-area police activity.
A witness told KDVR-TV that he was on his way to pick up coffee at the supermarket when he came upon the shooting scene.
“I was in shock initially, when we realized what was happening,” he told the station. “Once I called my mom and said I was OK and let her know what was happening, it all kind of sunk in, and I started panicking.”
A spokesperson for Boulder police did not immediately respond to a call from HuffPost. But the livestream showed local police telling the shooter through a speaker that law enforcement had surrounded the building and for the shooter to come outside immediately.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office told Denver station KUSA-TV that its SWAT team also arrived to assist with the situation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted at 4:21 p.m. MDT that it was responding to the scene. The area quickly became filled with law enforcement, firetrucks and ambulances.
Police reportedly attempted to ram through the building using vans that were apparent in the livestream, according to the videographer. After more officers showed up, police then began to enter the building.
Law enforcement then walked out with a handcuffed man wearing only underwear and with blood on his leg, as shown in the graphic video below by Reuters. A second, older man walked out of the building without handcuffs before being patted down by officers. Police have not yet confirmed if either man is a suspect, though one witness told the local Fox station that he saw “the suspect was bleeding from the leg” as he was being brought out.
At least half a dozen people were then seen being escorted out of the building by police, as apparent on the video. But just after 4 p.m. MDT, Boulder police asked a person in what they described was a burgundy vehicle to “sit up and surrender to the officers. Do it now.”
“This is still a very active scene,” Boulder police tweeted at the same time, advising those living nearby to stay inside. “Do NOT broadcast on social media any tactical information you might see.”
James Bentz told the Denver Post that he was in the supermarket’s meat section when he heard what he thought was a misfire, then several pops of gunfire.
“I was then at the front of the stampede,” he told the Post, adding that he witnessed younger people in the store taking care of the older people and helping them escape through the back loading dock.
“It seemed like all of us had imagined we’d be in a situation like this at some point in our lives,” he said.
A man told Denver’s CBS station that he got a call from his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, who had all gone into the store’s pharmacy for a COVID-19 vaccine when someone “shot the woman in front of them.” He said that his family hid in a coat closet for over an hour, texting him throughout, until police allowed them to safely evacuate.
Boulder police tweeted at 5:10 p.m. MDT that people near a separate location in the city should shelter in place while officers responded to a report of an “armed, dangerous individual.” Police said they’re still investigating to determine if the second incident is related to the shooting at King Soopers.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tweeted as the scene was still unfolding that he was “closely watching” the situation.
“My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy,” he said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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