Key Questions Still Unanswered In Boulder Shootings

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I sincerely hope this doesn’t continue, the whole “another week, another shooting” thing got old the first time we went down that road and it ages like milk, not wine.

Yet here we are. Just a matter of days following a deadly attack in Atlanta that left eight people dead, we had another one on Monday in Boulder, Colorado that left 10 dead.

Cam hit a lot of what we knew yesterday.

So what’s new today? Honestly, not a whole lot.

Ten people, including a police officer, were killed Monday after a gunman opened fire in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, shattering the calm for another US community.

A suspect is in custody, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said, but authorities did not share any information on his identity, the type of weapon used or any possible motive.
“We will work around the clock to get this accomplished,” she said, adding that such a complex investigation will take at least five days to complete.
The fatal shooting at the King Soopers store comes less than a week after shooting attacks at three spas in the Atlanta area left eight people dead.
While Boulder police investigate Monday’s massacre, witnesses shared their experience with the terror and panic inside the store.
Steven McHugh said his son-in-law and two granddaughters were there when a gunman attacked.
His son-in-law, Paul, was third in line for a Covid-19 vaccine and his seventh- and eighth-grade granddaughters were on the phone with their grandmother. On the other end of the phone, their grandmother heard at least eight shots ring out.
The woman at the front of the line was shot, McHugh told CNN’s Don Lemon. Paul grabbed the girls and hurried them upstairs to take cover in a coat closet above the pharmacy, he said. The girls said they were afraid because the coats weren’t long enough to hide their feet.
“The intensity, the awfulness is going to last for the rest of their lives,” he said

Police have not announced any motive for the shooting, though there’s plenty of speculation to be found online, including the fact that this King Soopers store was a vaccination point.

Frankly, we just don’t know what motivated the suspect (who’s name has also not yet been released) to begin shooting in a crowded grocery store. What we do know, though, is that police responded to an active shooter call. Then, apparently, the shooter starting taking shots at law enforcement. Police radioed that they were involved in a gunfight.

As Cam noted yesterday, a witness claimed the shooter used an AR-style rifle. That is somewhat supported by what officers said during the encounter.

The Boulder police tweeted about 2:49 p.m. (4:49 p.m. ET) that there was an “Active Shooter at the King Soopers on Table Mesa. AVOID THE AREA.”
In scanner traffic, officers radioed that they were in a gunfight. They continued to report that they were being fired at with multiple rounds through at least 3:21 p.m. local time.
Ambulances and multiple law enforcement agencies arrived at the store, which is part of a large shopping center with a two-story strip mall next door.
“He’s armed with a rifle, our officers shot back and returned fire — we do not know where he is in the store,” an officer said, according to a transcript of the audio.

So it sounds like he was definitely armed with some kind of rifle, though whether it was an AR or some other kind of rifle is unclear. Beyond that, this is a fluid situation. We’re probably going to get conflicting reports over the next few days, which is to be expected when information is flying at us like it does after these situations.

What we do know is that the gun debate is about to heat up. I’m like Cam, I really don’t want to get into the politics in the immediate aftermath of a situation like this, I differ from him in that I don’t see how we can afford not to.

Dig in. This is going to get bumpy.

 

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Dec 02, 2021 7:30 PM ET