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Gunman opens fire in Walmart; 3 dead

03 November, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Thorton Police Department

Thornton, Colo: The police in Colorado on Thursday captured a man who they had said calmly walked into a suburban Denver Walmart and fatally shot three people before driving away.

A man suspected of walking into a Walmart store in Colorado and "nonchalantly" shooting to death two men and a woman has been arrested, police said Thursday. Police said Ostrem walked into the south doors at the Walmart located at 9900 Grant St. around 6:10 PM Wednesday and "nonchalantly" began firing.

We know the names of those killed. He was identified after investigators scoured "lots of hours" of surveillance video and a law enforcement database, according to Avila.

"Detectives now reviewing security footage & witnesses being interviewed for assistance with the suspect (s)", police said on Twitter.

Court records show a resisting arrest charge against Ostrem was dismissed in 1999.

Police say the three victims who died, were the only people who were shot during the incident. "This is a very heinous act", Avila said.




Video broadcast from CBS affiliate KCNC-TV showed the suspect being handcuffed by police against the side of an SUV as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents carrying rifles and wearing body armor looked on.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appeared to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

He said at this point, customers started screaming and running for the exits.

Two men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital.

Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.

After an hour of fire, Thornton Police tweeted that the place is out of danger now when the Walmart was surrounded by police and fire crews.

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