By Staff Published 11/02/2017 06:15:00 | Views: 1789
Mass shooting at supermarket kills at least 3 people with gunman AT LARGE

AT LEAST three people are dead and a gunman is on the run after a mass shooting in a supermarket.

A gunman reportedly fired up to 30 shots inside the Walmart in Thornton, Colorado, at 6.30pm.

The area is on lockdown with cops warning people to stay well away from the store.

Thornton Police Department tweeted: "Shooting just occurred at Walmart, 9900 Grant St, multiple parties down. Please stay away from the area."

A Walmart employee has described horrifying scenes inside the store.

The unnamed worker said: "I was by customer service and I started to hear loud pops and it kept going, 'pop, pop, pop' probably six pops.

"Everyone got down, everyone started screaming – it was crazy".


LOCKDOWN: Armed cops descended on the area after multiple shots were fired

One person wrote on Twitter: "Woman just ran up to me and said her son is in Walmart. Says he told her he heard 30 shots, helped save an elderly woman."

Another tweeted: "Police everywhere at the Thornton Walmart as family members look for loved ones who were inside".

Shoppers are said to have fled the supermarket and nearby shops, while restaurants were evacuated.

At least two men and a woman have died, cops confirmed.

It comes just over 24 hours after the New York terror attack that saw eight people mowed down after a truck mounted the curb.

It is not known of the Colorado incident is terror-related.

Colorado shooting REUTERS

GUNFIRE: A Walmart employee described hearing numerous shot ringing out

Police have said the gunman fled the building after the firing numerous rounds and made a getaway in a red Mitsubishi car.

They have released photos of the suspect and his vehicle taken from surveillance footage.

He has been described as a white male, wearing a black shirt, maroon vest and blue jeans.

Cops have warned the public not to approach him as he is believed to still be armed with a handgun.

Walmart shooting suspect TWITTER/THORNTON PD

SUSPECT: Police are looking for this man after the Walmart shooting spree


VEHICLE: Police are searching for this red Mitsubishi the suspect fled in

A spokesman for Colorado Police said: “As of right now, we have determined it was random. The man came in and just shot towards the group.

“The people shot were in the same group but we cannot determine whether they knew each other right now.

When asked if the incident was an act of terrorism, the spokesman said: “We can’t rule out anything right now.”

Eyewitnesses have said the gunman appeared to be shooting at random.

Junie Manz wrote on Facebook: "OMG! My son Nathan just called me shooting at Thornton Walmart just now..many shots fired!!

"Angela-Martinez-Garcia and her son Johnny and her mom Meka were in the store during shooting and had to run out...They are shaken up....details later".


By Staff 11/02/2017 06:15:00

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