Atleast 10 persons died in what can be said a bloodbath in western United States’ Colorado after a man open fired inside a shopping mall on Monday.
According to local reports, the gunman, who was not publicly identified, opened fire at a King Soopers outlet in a town named Boulder, about 45 kms northwest of Colorado capital Denver, in the late afternoon on Monday.
Media reports said the suspect, who police said was believed to have acted alone, was armed with a rifle.
Though the authorities didn’t reveal much details on the motive behind the bloodshed, people cannot but find similarities with the incident six days ago when another gunman open fired at a Spa in Atlanta, about 1,421 miles away in south eastern state Georgia killing eight persons on the spot.
Like those shootings, Monday’s violence in Colorado unfolded in a place of business at the hands of a single armed assailant.
“We were at the checkout, and shots just started going off,” said Sarah Moonshadow, 42, to Reuters, 42, a shopper who was in the store with her adult son, Nicholas, when the gunfire began.
“And I said, ‘Nicholas get down.’ And Nicholas ducked. And we just started listening and there, just repetitive shots … and I just said, ‘Nicholas, run.’
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said among the ten who died were 51-year-old officer Eric Talley, an 11-year veteran of the Boulder police force, who Herold said was the first to arrive at the store. Talley had seven children, and had been looking for a less dangerous job, according to his father.
Police said that the accused gunman was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the violence but did not explain how he was hurt. There was no word on when he might face an initial court appearance.
Video footage broadcast by television stations showed a shirtless, bearded man in boxer shorts being led away from the store limping and in handcuffs, before he was placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. One of his legs appeared covered in blood.
The killings added to a long line of mass shootings in Colorado accounting for some of the most shocking episodes of gun violence in modern U.S. history.
In 2012, a young man dressed in tactical gear burst into a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora during a midnight screening and sprayed the audience with gunfire, killing 12 and wounding 70. In 1999, a pair of students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School near Littleton, Colorado, murdering 12 classmates and a teacher before taking their own lives.