March 23, 2021
TRUENEWSBLOG – The Boulder Police chief said on Tuesday that a 21-year-old man had been charged with 10 counts of murder in the shooting on Monday at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., that left 10 people dead.
Police Chief Maris Herold read the names of the 10 victims who had been killed at a news conference on Tuesday morning. They included Officer Eric Talley, a 51-year-old officer with the Boulder Police Department.
Chief Herold said police officers had run into the King Sooper grocery store within minutes of the shooting on Tuesday afternoon and had shot the suspect at least once. The suspect was taken into custody and is now in stable condition, she said.
Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado said his heart ached after the shooting.
“The eyes of the nation are on Boulder,” the governor said at a news conference. “The eyes of the nation are on Colorado,”.
“Of course I’m standing here, not just as governor, but as someone who has called this community my home for most of my whole life and who has shopped at that King Soopers in Table Mesa many times across my life,” he said.
Chief Herold said the coroner’s office had identified all of the victims and notified their families before 4 a.m.
A video streamed live from outside of the grocery store on Monday had appeared to show a suspect — handcuffed, shirtless and with his right leg appearing to be covered in blood — being taken from the building by officers.
Employees and shoppers inside the grocery store described a harrowing scene.
“I thought I was going to die,” said Alex Arellano, 35, who was working in the store’s meat department when he heard a series of gunshots and saw people running toward an exit.
Officer Talley had joined the department in 2010 and was the first to respond to the scene when reports of a gunman came in, the police said.
“He was, by all accounts, one of the outstanding officers at the Boulder Police Department and his life was cut far too short,” said the Boulder County district attorney, Michael Dougherty.
The Boulder shooting came less than a week after a gunman shot and killed eight people — six of them women of Asian descent — at three spas in the Atlanta area. Until that shooting in Atlanta, it had been a year since there had been a large-scale shooting in a public place.