Ten people including a police officer were killed in a shootout at a Colorado grocery store on Monday.
The government called the incident “unspeakable tragedy” according to NBC news.
51-year-old Eric Talley Boulder police force veteran was the first officer to arrive at the King Soopers grocery store on Monday afternoon.
Police Chief Maris Herold did not further provide details on the victims but said a suspect was wounded during the shooting and so far the potential motive behind the attack is unknown.
Eric Yamaguchi, a Police commander told NBC that there was no ongoing threat and it is unclear whether the shooter had any connection to King Soopers grocery.
According to NBC eyewitnesses were horrified by the senseless violent act that happened inside the store.
Dean Schiller an eyewitness said that he heard gunshots and saw people wounded and an employee of the store told him that a shooter was inside.
NBC affiliate Television network KUSA of Denver reported a story of a man who had gone with his daughters to the store to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and they hid in a coat closet for an hour until they were rescued by the authorities.
The situation to the people were “heartbreaking,” according to eyewitness interviews with NBC.
SWAT vehicles and dozens of cops equipped with tactical gear and camouflage were seen around the store and some of the store’s windows appeared broken, NBC reported.
According to NBC, a man was seen leaving the store with hands behind his back with authorities. It is still unclear whether this individual who was wearing no shirt or pants and had to blood over his leg was the perpetrator.
A few minutes later, a line of people inside the grocery were seen leaving and surrounded by the police officers.
Jared Polis, Colorado Governor called the shooting an “unspeakable event” and that he was closely watching the incident
“I’m incredibly grateful to the brave men and women who have responded to the scene to help the victims of this senseless tragedy,” he said.