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3 dead in shooting at Colorado Walmart

Last updated on: November 02, 2017 11:34 IST

IMAGE: A woman who was shopping with her child during the shooting at a Walmart leaves the area in Thornton, Colorado. All Photographs: Rick Wilking/Reuters

An unidentified gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in the United States state of Colorado on Thursday, killing three persons including a woman.

Hundreds of emergency responders ringed the Thornton Town Centre shopping complex for hours after the shooting was reported around 5 am IST.

The Walmart is part of the centre.

 

IMAGE: Policemen guard the entrance at the scene of the shooting at Colorado Walmart.

‘Multiple parties’ were down, Thornton police said in a tweet.

An hour later, the Thornton Police Department tweeted, ‘At this time this is not an active shooter’.

The men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital.

IMAGE: SWAT medics evacuate a shopper in a Walmart cart from the scene of the shooting. 

No arrests have been made.

Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line at the Walmart when he heard a single shot followed by two more bursts of gunfire before people started running for the exits.

“The employees started screaming. Customers were screaming. They were running like crazy, and I ran out too because I didn't want to get killed,” he said.

Investigators, who have not released any details about the circumstances of the shooting, were reviewing security footage and interviewing witnesses to get a description of the shooter.

Lalit K Jha in Washington, DC
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