BOULDER, Colo. — Emergency crews are responding to an active shooter situation Monday afternoon at a King Soopers in Boulder.
The King Soopers is located at 3600 Table Mesa Drive, the Boulder Police Department (BPD) said. That’s about two miles south of the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
A shooting was first reported just before 3 p.m.
Police have not yet given any information regarding a number of victims or a suspect.
9NEWS’ Marc Sallinger is outside the store and said hundreds of law enforcement vehicles are in the area.
He has also observed some people being ushered out of the store and huddling in the parking lot, as officers bring them blankets.
Law enforcement from multiple local agencies are on the scene.
People are asked to avoid the area, as this remains an active situation. In a tweet, Boulder Police asked that people not broadcast any tactical information from the scene on social media.
An active shooter was holed up inside of a supermarket in Colorado for over half an hour early Monday evening. Eyewitnesses on the scene filmed the apparent mass shooting over the course of the attack from the beginning. Local police later confirmed the incident.
“Active Shooter at the King Soopers on Table Mesa,” the Boulder Police Department tweeted just before 5 p.m. EST (3 p.m. local time.) “AVOID THE AREA. PIO is en-route.”
Initial reports based on police scanner chatter, which are currently unconfirmed, place the number of people dead at six and likely higher.
Late Monday, various reports on Twitter claimed “multiple people” were “down” but it is currently unclear as to the extent or number of injuries.
One widely shared video appeared to show at least one person on the floor of the King Soopers [those images are graphic]. It appeared snipers surrounded the building at one point. Hundreds of law enforcement vehicles had amassed around the shopping center as the incident and response stretched on.
Right around 5:30 p.m. EST, one person was taken out of the building in handcuffs. The man was shirtless, in his underwear, and his right leg was bleeding. It’s unclear if he was the suspect in the shooting or was just being detained.
“There’s a lot of people hurt in there,” a journalist providing a livestream of the outside of the building by ZFG Videography said.
Dozens of members of law enforcement can be seen surrounding and attempting to enter the building as the video filmed by a journalist who later identified himself as “Dean Schiller” begins. Multiple blocks in every direction were eventually blocked off in the general area.
According to local NBC affiliate 9News, “[t]he Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 3:20 p.m. said its SWAT team was en route to assist.” It appeared SWAT officers were lifted onto the roof by a firetruck ladder.
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Source: Law & Crime