At least three people were killed in a shooting inside a Walmart store in Thornton, Colorado on Wednesday evening. According to the Police in Colorado, a gunman walked into the store and started shooting randomly at the store clerks and shoppers before fleeing from the scene.
Two men were killed in the shooting. A woman, who was injured in the shooting, was taken to a hospital where she later died, Thornton Police Department said on Twitter.
No arrests have been made by the police till now.
“We’ve got multiple parties down, we’re still trying to ascertain what their conditions are,” Officer Victor Avila of the Thornton Police Department told Reuters by telephone not long after police arrived on the scene.
“What we have determined is that it is random as of right now,” Avila said. “As witnesses stated, the person came in and just shot towards a group.”
The shooter has been identified as a white man who was wearing a black jacket, maroon shirt and blue jeans.
A Walmart customer, Aaron Stephens, 44, of Thornton, told Reuters he was inside paying for groceries at a self-checkout stand when he heard gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets.
“The employees started screaming and the customers started screaming” as people began to flee the store, he recounted. “I ran out, too, because I didn’t want to get shot.”
Stephens said he did not see where the shooting had come from and did not see anyone struck by bullets.
Thornton, which is roughly 10 miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Denver has a population of close to 120,000.