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03 November 2017, 12:42 | Colleen Roy
Police believe the shooting was random
That was a threatening incident at Thornton, Colorado when three people died in a shooting inside a Walmart store on Wednesday.
A lone suspect was identified by police as 47-year-old Scott Ostrem. It did not immediately give details.
Police had earlier released a surveillance camera photograph of a middle-aged white man wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. He left in a red Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, according to a news release from Thornton Police.
Ostrem was arrested Thursday, about 14 hours after the shooting inside a Walmart in the Denver suburb of Thornton.
The shooting comes a day after a man in New York City allegedly killed eight people on a Manhattan bike path before police officers were able to apprehend and take him into custody.
"What we have determined is that it is random as of right now", Avila told reporters.
The shooting was reported at around 6:10 p.m. and witnesses told Thornton Police investigators that a man walked into the south main entrance of the store and starting shooting.
The three people who were killed were the only ones who were shot by Ostrem. Authorities initially said "multiple parties" had been injured.
The shooting appears random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror, Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said.
A Walmart customer, Aaron Stephens, 44, of Thornton, told Reuters he was inside paying for groceries at a self-checkout stand when he heard gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets. "Customers were screaming. They were running like insane, and I ran out too because I didn't want to get killed", he said.
Ostrem has recent addresses in Denver and the north Denver area.
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