Scott Ostrem, the Colorado gunman who opened fire, killing three people at a Walmart Supercenter in the Denver suburb of Thornton, was a hostile evangelical who lived alone in an apartment with a stack of Christian Bibles and virtually no furniture, the Daily Beast reported on Friday.
On Wednesday, Scott Ostrem stormed down the stairs of his apartment building and told neighbors to “get the fuck out of his way. Then he got into his car and took off.” He then walked into a Walmart store, pulled out his handgun and shot three people dead who were unfortunate enough to be standing in line by the door.
Marlena and Jason Fobb told The Beast’s reporter Carol McKinley that they were checking out after buying a new vacuum cleaner when they heard the shots. Leaving their credit card in the reader, they fled to the in-store optometrists’ area and hid with five other people, including a baby.
Marlena said she peered out of the hiding place and saw Ostrem striding around with a look “like the devil. He was hell-bent on killing people.”
According to the police report, two male victims died at the scene and a woman died after being transported to a hospital.
“The Adams County Coroner identified the victims as 52-year-old Pamela Marques of Denver, 66-year-old Carlos Moreno of Thornton and 26-year-old Victor Vasquez of Denver. Vasquez was the father of two daughters with another child on the way,” McKinley wrote.
A neighbor who saw inside Ostrem’s apartment during his arrest said “there was hardly any furniture in there except a TV, a lawnchair and a table.”
“He slept on blankets on the floor. There was a stack of five Bibles on the floor and five more stacked on the table,” he said.
Another resident, Teresa Muniz said, “He never said hello. No one ever came to visit him and I thought that was strange.”
“He was particularly hostile to Hispanics,” she added.
“He wouldn’t say nothing to us, but he talked to the only white couple who lives here,” Muniz recalled. “I don’t understand where that hatred comes from.”