A gunman killed 10 people, including a police officer, at a grocery store in Colorado on Monday as footage showed a handcuffed man covered in blood and injured shoppers lying inside and outside the supermarket.

By Vanessa Romo

The incident unfolded just before 3pm local time at the King Soopers grocery store located at 3600 Table Mesa Drive. 

Boulder Chief Maris Herold identified the officer who was killed in the shooting as 51-year-old Officer Eric Talley. Authorities have not identified the gunman. Identities of the other nine victims were not disclosed as police were still notifying their family members.

A gunman killed 10 people, including Boulder Officer Eric Talley (pictured), at a grocery store in Colorado on Monday

Herold who called Talley’s actions ‘heroic’, said he was the first on the scene when he was fatally shot. Talley had been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010. 

‘My heart goes out to the victims of this incident,’ Herold said through tears. ‘I am grateful for the officers who responded.’

Police stand outside a King Soopers grocery store where a shooting took place Monday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

 District Attorney Michael Dougherty said Talley’s ‘life was cut much too short’. He also expressed condolences to the families of the nine other victims and promised a ‘painstaking investigation’. 

‘This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County,’ Dougherty said. ‘These were people going about their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice.’ 

In addition, Dougherty confirmed that the shirtless and bleeding man shown in video footage after the shooting is the alleged shooter, who is in custody. 

The man, who is now being treated for his injuries, was seen with blood running down his leg while he was handcuffed. No charges have been filed.  

A motive for the shooting has not been determined but an AR-15 style rifle is believed to have been used. 

First responders held a procession for the slain officer around 8pm local time Monday night. 

Law enforcement on the roof of King Soopers in Boulder, Colo., on Monday.
Hart W. Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio

In a statement, the King Soopers chain offered ‘thoughts, prayers and support to our associates, customers, and the first responders who so bravely responded to this tragic situation’. 

‘We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and our store will remain closed during the police investigation,’ the statement reads. 

As the incident unfolded, officers from the Boulder Police Department warned locals to ‘avoid the area’.

According to a statement from Talley’s father, Homer, the fallen officer (pictured) was a father-of-seven who joined the force when he was 40
Healthcare workers were rushed out of the King Soopers grocery store after a gunman opened fire inside 
One video of the incident from YouTube shows two victims (circled) lying on the ground in the parking lot of the store
At least one victim is seen lying on the floor inside the store just moments before more gunshots are heard. Local reports say one victim is a police officer
Police respond to the scene of a King Soopers grocery store after the shooting on Monday

The attack was the seventh mass killing this year in the US, following the March 16 shooting that left eight people dead at three Atlanta-area massage businesses, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.

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