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Three victims of Thornton Walmart shooting identified

03 November 2017, 12:41 | Simon Arnold

Authorities are still hunting Ostrem who police say fled the scene in a red Mitsubishi

Authorities are still hunting Ostrem who police say fled the scene in a red Mitsubishi

The seemingly random shooting Wednesday in Thornton, Colorado comes a month after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in recent USA history. There's no word on Ostrem's possible connection to the victims or a motive. 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. He was identified after investigators scoured "lots of hours" of surveillance video and a law enforcement database, according to Avila.

Court records show a resisting arrest charge against Ostrem was dismissed in 1999.

What they do know is that it is not believed to have been an act of terrorism.


The names of the victims have not been released though Tiffany Wilson, Director of Walmart Communications, did confirm that all Walmart staff has been accounted for.

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.

A citizen tip led police to the apartment.


Avila said part of the reason for this was the sheer chaos at the Walmart after the shots rang out. "We have people leaving, we have officers trying to cordon off the area, had to render the area safe".

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.

Was anyone else in the Walmart armed?


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



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