"One of the victims is a Boulder police officer", the department said.
Police in Boulder, Colorado, reported an "active shooter" at a grocery store on Monday (March 22), and aerial footage broadcast live from the scene by local media showed one person being placed in an ambulance and a bloodied man being escorted away in handcuffs. Authorities have not yet identified the suspect nor have they revealed what weapons were used to carry out the heinous attack.
According to law enforcement officials, the suspect carried out the attack with an AR-15 assault rifle and is now in n custody.
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Kerry Yamaguchi, a Boulder Police Department commander, said it was unclear how many people were killed but that an officer who worked for his agency was among the victims.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said the number of dead was known to law enforcement and would be made public later. "These were people going about their day, doing their shopping".
A man and woman kiss at the scene of the shooting.
Monday's attack comes a week after the killing of eight people at three Atlanta-area massage businesses.
A short time later in a parking lot outside the store, Schiller said, he saw police officers surround a sport utility vehicle as they ordered its occupants to come out.
"Action is needed now to prevent this scourge from continuing to ravage our communities", she said in a statement Tuesday in which she cited House passage of two background checks bills.
"While we await further information on the details of this heinous crime, we continue to stand with victims, families and young people across the country saying, 'Enough is enough'".
In an interview with "Good Morning America", Moonshadow, 42, who was there with her 21-year-old son, said they had been looking around the store and didn't check out as soon as she wanted to in the moments before the alleged shooter started firing. What sounds like two gunshots are heard at the beginning of the video.
Fox News correspondent Jeff Paul reports from the scene of the grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colorado.
The FBI and agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting police and sheriff's deputies in the investigation, authorities said.
The King Soopers chain said in a statement that it was offering prayers and support "to our associates, customers, and the first responders who so bravely responded to this tragic situation".