Thornton Police have Walmart shooting suspect in custody

Nov 03, 2017, 00:39
Thornton Police have Walmart shooting suspect in custody

Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan said Thursday that 52-year-old Pamela Marques, 66-year-old Carlos Moreno, and 26-year-old Victor Vasquez died in the shooting. It did not immediately give details.

The suspect was captured on surveillance camera footage wearing a reddish-maroon shirt, jeans, and a dark jacket.

On Thursday morning, a SWAT team went into an apartment in unincorporated Adams County that was believed to be connected to Ostrem.

Two men and a woman were killed in what officials said was a "random" shooting. The call came into dispatch at 6:10 p.m.to report a shooting inside the Grant Street Walmart location, police said.

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According to police, the lone gunman, Ostrem, walked into the Walmart "nonchalantly" and opened fire randomly on a group of people near the cash registers, according to a spokesperson for the Thornton Police Department. No one else was wounded. "From what we have right now it appears to be random".

Forty-eight witnesses were taken from the Walmart to a nearby police building where they were questioned and released.

Three people were shot, all fatally.

"The shooting happened inside the store", said officer Victor Avila.

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Avila said police hope to interview Ostrem now that he is in custody.

Walmart customer Aaron Stephens, 44, of Thornton told Reuters he was buying groceries at a self-checkout stand when he heard gunshots and ricocheting bullets.

"The employees started screaming and the customers started screaming" as people began to flee the store, he recounted.

Local NBC television affiliate 9NEWS reported about a woman whose son was inside the Walmart and heart about 30 gunshots and was still alive inside.

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