Three people were shot to death on Wednesday evening at a Walmart Supercenter in Thornton, Colorado, not far from Denver, and the shooter remained at large for hours. The victims — two men and a woman — appear to have been targeted at random. Their names have not yet been released, but the victims appear to be customers. Walmart staff has all been accounted for, Tiffany Wilson, Director of Walmart Communications, stated.
"We believe as of right now that the shooting was random," Thornton Police Officer Victor Avila told CNN. Police have now apprehended the suspect, who they have identified as 47-year-old Scott Ostrem. Police believe Ostrem “nonchalantly walked in” and fired randomly at a group of people before leaving in a quiet, cold manner, the New York Times reported.
Ostrem allegedly fled the shooting in a red Mitsubishi Mirage before being caught and arrested on Thursday morning. Limited information about his arrest is available.
The two male victims died inside the Walmart, while the woman died at a nearby hospital.
Witnesses Hayne Rucker and Aaron Stephens were checking out their purchases when they heard multiple gunshots.
“I just tore toward the door,” Rucker told the New York Times.
Gonzalo Benitez, another witness, said, “A lot of people crying, running fast. I see a couple of people on the floor.”
"This is a very heinous act,” Avila said. “We don't know exactly what the motive of the person was, but it was certainly a terrible act."