Gunman 'nonchalantly' opens fire in
Colorado Walmart, kills three: police
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[November 02, 2017]
By Keith Coffman
THORNTON, Colo. (Reuters) - Police in
Colorado on Thursday were searching for a gunman who calmly walked into
a Walmart in suburban Denver and opened fire with a handgun, randomly
shooting at shoppers and store clerks, killing three people, before he
The suspect "nonchalantly" entered a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado, and
opened fire a little after 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday and then
walked out, got into a red four-door hatchback and drove away, Thornton
Police Department spokesman Victor Aliva told reporters, citing witness
"What we have determined is that it is random as of right now," Aliva
said. "As witnesses stated, the person came in and just shot toward a
Two men died at the scene of the shooting. A wounded woman was taken to
a hospital where she died, he said.
The shooter is a white man, who was wearing a black jacket, maroon shirt
and blue jeans, Aliva said.
There was no indication that the shooting was an act of terrorism as no
one has claimed responsibility, he said.
"We can't rule anything out," he said.
Thornton is city of about 120,000 people roughly 10 miles (16 km)
northeast of downtown Denver.
A Walmart customer, Aaron Stephens, 44, of Thornton, told Reuters he was
inside paying for groceries at a self-checkout stand when he heard
gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets.
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Patrick Carnes is evacuated in a Walmart cart by SWAT medics from
the scene of a shooting at a Walmart where Carnes was shopping in
Thornton, Colorado November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
"The employees started screaming and the customers started
screaming" as people began to flee the store, he recounted. "I ran
out, too, because I didn't want to get shot."
Stephens said he did not see where the shooting had come from and
did not see anyone struck by bullets.
Local NBC television affiliate 9NEWS reported that a woman whose son
was in the Walmart had told her that he had heard about 30 gunshots
and was still inside.
A video posted on Twitter showed the Walmart, which is in a large
complex of big-box stores and other retail outlets adjacent to U.S.
Interstate 25, apparently empty except for police officers with guns
(Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by
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