A gunman opened fire at a Walmart Supercenter in the Denver, Colorado, suburb of Thornton, killing two men, police said. As of 10 p.m., police did not have a suspect in custody.
Hundreds of emergency responders ringed the Thornton Town Center shopping complex for hours after the shooting was reported. “Multiple parties” were down, Thornton police said in a tweet.
The Thornton Town Center is a big-box shopping complex that backs to Interstate 25 south of East 104th Avenue. It includes several other retailers, including Home Depot, Cinebarre theater and McDonald’s.
People who had been in the store flooded the parking lot of the nearby Golden Corral restaurant, which overlooks the shopping center from the south, waiting for news of their loved ones.
“The shooting happened inside the store,” Officer Victor Avila said, according to CNN.
Jennifer Biglands walked over from her home after her sister called her frantically from inside the store. The sister said she heard seven or eight shots. The woman was so frantic and crying that Jennifer couldn’t understand her, so she passed the phone to an employee who told her there had been an incident and that the woman would need a ride home.
Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line at Walmart when he heard shots fired, followed by more bursts of gunfire. He said customers started screaming and running for the exits.
“I was scared,” Stephens said. “I feared for my life.”
Police said it is no longer an active shooter situation.
No longer active shooter. Active crime scene. People are worried sick about loved ones. pic.twitter.com/ZB1FEiR6sS
— Michael Konopasek (@MikeKonopasek) November 2, 2017
This is a developing story and it will be updated.