THORNTON, Colorado–Multiple people were shot on Wednesday, Nov. 1, inside a Walmartstore in a Denver suburb, local police said.
Local news Denver7 have since confirmed that 2 men were killed, and a woman critically injured.
According to police in Thornton, Colorado, it was not clear if an assailant or assailants have been taken into custody, taken his own life or been slain by officers. There are currently two male suspects believed to be responsible, according to Denver7.
“We’ve got multiple parties down, we’re still trying to ascertain what their conditions are,” Officer Victor Avila of the Thornton Police Department told Reuters.
About an hour after the initial alert, the Thornton Police Department said on Twitter that the gunfire had ended at the store, which was surrounded by police and fire crews.
“At this time this is NOT an active shooter. Active crime scene. We will update as info becomes available,” the police department said in a tweet.
Massive response by law enforcement at the Colorado Walmart where the shooting happened.
Police say it's not an active shooter situation. pic.twitter.com/PNw6lQ1W2r
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Thornton is city of about 120,000 people roughly 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Denver.
Police in Thornton received a call around 6 p.m. Mountain time (8 p.m. ET).
An hour after the incident, Thornton Police said that the gunshots had ceased at the scene. situation, and that the an active crime scene investigation was underway, reported Denver7.
Local NBC affiliate 9NEWS reported that a woman whose son was in Walmart had told her that he had heard about 30 gunshots and was still inside.
A video posted on Twitter showed the Walmart, which is situated in a large complex of big-box stores and other retail outlets adjacent to U.S. Interstate 25, apparently empty except for police officers with guns drawn.
By Keith Coffman