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Police arrest suspect in Walmart shooting

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a Colorado Walmart (all times local):

8:20 a.m.
Police say they've arrested a man suspected of walking into a suburban Denver Walmart and immediately opening fire with a handgun, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.

Thornton police say 47-year-old Scott Ostrem was arrested Thursday morning, about 14 hours after he fled the store in a car. Authorities used security video to help identify him.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Wednesday night that the shooting appears random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

He says the motive is unknown.

Two men died inside the Walmart, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Denver in a busy shopping center. The woman died later at a hospital.
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6:58 a.m.
Colorado authorities have identified a man who police say nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.
Thornton police are searching for 47-year-old Scott Ostrem, who they say fled in a car before officers arrived. Authorities used security video to help identify the suspect.
Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appears to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.
Customers and employees hid or fled toward the exits after gunshots rang out in Thornton, a suburb of Denver. Avila says he doesn't know how many rounds were fired.
Two men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital. Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.
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11:53 p.m.
Colorado authorities are searching for a man who police say nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.
Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appears to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.
Customers and employees hid or fled toward the exits after gunshots rang out in Thornton, which is a suburb of Denver. Avila says he doesn't know how many rounds were fired.
Authorities are reviewing security video to identify the suspect, who fled in a car before officers arrived.
Two men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital. Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.
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Update: 5:45 a.m. November 2, 2017

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — A man nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire with a handgun, killing two men and a woman before fleeing in a car on Wednesday night, according to Colorado authorities.

The shooting appears random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror, said Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila.

"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."
Two men died inside the Walmart, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Denver in a busy shopping center. The woman died later at a hospital.

Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.

Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line when he heard a single shot followed by two more bursts of gunfire before people started running for the exits.

"The employees started screaming. Customers were screaming. They were running like crazy, and I ran out too because I didn't want to get killed," he said.

Guadalupe Perez was inside the store with her young son when she heard what she thought was a balloon popping. A Walmart employee told her someone was shooting, and then Perez saw people running away yelling, "Let's go. Let's go. Leave the groceries."

"You see all these things in the news and you go through it, it's scary," she said. "But thank God we're OK and nothing happened to us."
Investigators, including special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were reviewing security video and interviewing witnesses to identify the suspect. Avila said police don't yet know how many rounds were fired.

Ragan Dickens, a Walmart spokesman, said the company is working with investigators and declined further comment.

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Update November 1, 9:30 p.m.

Thornton police say two men have been confirmed dead and a female rushed to the hospital after a shooting at the Walmart on Grant Street south of 102nd Avenue.

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THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Thornton police are responding to the Walmart on Grant Street south of 102nd Avenue.

They say there has been a shooting with multiple injuries. Details about those victims are not known at this point.

The shooting happened at the Walmart at 9900 Grant Street.

Police have closed the roads surrounding the store and are asking the public to avoid the area.

CBS4’s Dominic Garcia was at the scene where witnesses described what happened.

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