Boulder shooting: Terrified supermarket witnesses describe moment gunman started firi…


Witnesses of a mass shooting outside a supermarket in Boulder have branded the bloodshed, which killed 10, as ‘horrifying’.

One person caught up in the incident on Monday, broke down in tears as she recalled how she couldn’t help others.

Many of the survivors have recounted the terrifying scenes they experienced during the massacre that rocked Colorado.

Andrew Hummel, who was a customer at the store when the chaos erupted, said the ordeal was ‘a truly horrifying experience.’

Andrew Hummel speaking to a reporter
Andrew Hummel speaking to a reporter

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“I heard a loud bang and then everybody kind of sprinted toward the back of the store,” he told Denver7.

“I didn’t see anything; I could just hear… and I just ran – I just wanted to get out of there. There was so much going on in such a compact area.”

Sarah Moonshadow, 42, another customer and Boulder resident who was in the store with her son, Nicholas, recalled scenes of ‘pandemonium’ as gunfire rang out from inside the store.

“We were at the checkout, and shots just started going off,” she told Reuters. “And I said, ‘Nicholas get down.’ And Nicholas ducked.

“And we just started listening and there [was] just repetitive shots … and I just said, ‘Nicholas, run.'”

Sarah Moonshadow is comforted by David and Maggie Talley
Sarah Moonshadow is comforted by David and Maggie Talley

Law enforcement officers stand at the perimeter of a shooting site
Officers patrolling the area

She said she tried to go to the aide of a victim she saw lying on the pavement just outside the store, but her son pulled her away, telling her, ‘We have to go.'”

The woman broke down in tears, adding, “I couldn’t help anybody.”

One man who said he was shopping inside the store together with his wife told KCNC-TV that he heard three loud bangs he took for gunshots, before running through the store with other customers to escape through a loading bay at the rear of the building.

He said the shots sounded like they came from the checkout area at the front of the store.

Crime scene investigators stand outside the entrance of the King Soopers grocery store
Crime scene investigators scoured the entrance of the King Soopers grocery store

Healthcare workers walk out of a King Sooper's Grocery store
People were evacuated as police descended on the area

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Another eyewitness, Ryan Borowski, told CNN he had only gone to the store to buy a soda and bag of chips [crisps] when he heard several loud bangs inside and began to run.

“We just all ran to the back of the store and out the back door and employees showed us the way,” he said, “and we told the employees what was going on. So, everybody helped each other and we just ran to safety as quickly as we could.”

Asked if he could see where the shots were coming from, he said, “I didn’t see a shooter, I just saw terrified faces running towards me and that’s when I turned and ran in the other direction.”

James Graham
James Graham

Shoppers are evacuated from a King Soopers grocery store
Eyewitnesses said people were rushed out for medical treatment

James Graham said he was checking out at a self-checkout when he started hearing shots.

“I probably heard 30 shots. It was just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop!” Graham told reporters near the scene. “It was the most terrifying event I’ve ever been through.

“I mean, I’ve been through an active shooter drill, but you know, you prepare yourself for that.

Police vehicles are seen at the scene
The incident sparked a major police presence

A law enforcement officer speaks with a woman outside the perimeter
None of the other victims in the shooting have been named

“This happened so fast, and it was so loud that… no. Yeah, it was… I’m still in shock over it.”

He went on to say it felt like he was being shot at and the shooting must have happened nearby as he could smell the gunpowder from the shots as he ran from the store.

“Why somebody would do this, I don’t know. It’s just …. I don’t know. Especially in this kind of neighbourhood; I mean, this is kind of a nice neighbourhood where this happens, it’s just unbelievable.”

Another eyewitness, Andy Arellano, said the first thing that came to his mind was his family.

“I was just hearing (the gun shots) and I was just thinking of my family,” he said. “My heart was racing. I’ve never had this kind of like, situation before, you know?”

Police officers secure the perimeter of the King Soopers grocery store
The lone suspect has not been identified

Ten people have been confirmed dead in the slaughter, and among those slain was the first officer on the scene.

He was named as Officer Eric Talley, 51, described as ‘heroic’ by colleagues and whose ‘life was cut much too short.’

The suspect in the mass shooting has not been named but is currently in custody, and reportedly seriously injured.

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