A gunman entered a Denver-area Walmart on Wednesday evening and carried out an attack. Three people were killed in the shooting.
According to FoxNews.com, the suspect, Scott Ostrem, 47, has been taken into custody after a manhunt was underway. Police located Ostrem about 10 miles from the Thornton Walmart where he carried out the deadly shooting.
Ostrem reportedly entered the Walmart just after six p.m. on Wednesday and “nonchalantly” began shooting at customers.
One shopper who was a witness to the shooting told FOX31, “I was just picking up my last item and about to head towards the checkout. Heard two slow pops that sounded like they were coming from the front checkout area and then started to run as about four more shots rang out a little faster. At that point everyone was just running and screaming.”
Several Walmart employees rushed to the back room of the store after the shots were fired, and then later escaped out the back door.
Another eyewitness recalled the chaos that followed the shooting: "The employees started screaming. Customers were screaming. They were running like crazy, and I ran out too because I didn't want to get killed," said Aaron Stephens.
"You see all these things in the news and you go through it, it's scary," added Guadalupe Perez who was shopping with her young son at the time of the shooting. "But thank God we're OK and nothing happened to us."
Police say this incident appears to be a random act and they have no evidence that it was an act of terror.
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Publication date: November 2, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.