Colorado Police Searching For Scott Ostrem After Walmart Shooting Leaves 3 Dead

03 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Thorton Police Department

The 5-hour delay to say the suspect in the shooting was armed and unsafe - and still on the run - was reportedly due to investigators working to gather information on who that person was, according to Thornton Police. Authorities have not yet released information on victims' identities.

On Thursday morning, a SWAT team went into an apartment in unincorporated Adams County that was believed to be connected to Ostrem.

"We had to discern what exactly was going on, whether that was a suspect or a citizen wondering what was going on and concerned by the sound of gunshots", Avila said.

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) - A man suspected of fatally shooting two men and a woman inside a suburban Denver Walmart was arrested 14 hours later following a brief auto chase Thursday that ended at a congested intersection during the morning rush hour, police said.

Court records also show Ostrem filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2015. Ostrem told him to move and cursed at him, Burnett said. Police are warning civilians to consider Ostrem armed and risky.

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Authorities identified Ostrem as a suspect after reviewing surveillance footage from the store.

Video broadcast from CBS affiliate KCNC-TV showed the suspect being handcuffed by police against the side of an SUV as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents carrying rifles and wearing body armor looked on. Police said Ostrem walked into the south doors at the Walmart located at 9900 Grant St. around 6:10 PM Wednesday and "nonchalantly" began firing.

Thornton Police said Wednesday night that the motive for the shooting remains under investigation. He said at this point, customers started screaming and running for the exits.

"It took a while because it was so many people, it was mass chaos in there", Avila said.

Authorities are reviewing security video to identify the suspect, who fled in a vehicle before officers arrived.

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