A simple trip to supermarket became a fight for survival when a gunman opened fire in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people including a police officer.
One person was taken into police custody and is in hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the incident, authorities said.
CNN affiliate KMGH’s helicopter recorded a shirtless man being taken from the supermarket.
The man had what appeared to be blood on his arm and right leg and his hands appeared to be cuffed behind him as two officers escorted him away.
One of the 10 people killed was 51-year-old Officer Eric Talley, the first police officer to respond, according to Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold.
Here’s what witnesses say they saw.
Inside the store
Ryan Borowski said he was at the store to buy a soda and bag of chips when he heard several loud bangs inside the store and began to run.
“We just all ran to the back of the store and out the back door and employees showed us the way,” said Borowski.
“And we told the employees what was going on.
“So, everybody helped each other and we just ran to safety as quickly as we could.”
When asked if he could see where the shots were coming from, Borowski said, “I didn’t see a shooter, I just saw terrified faces running towards me and that’s when I turned and ran in the other direction.”
Borowski also said he never imagined being in a shooting situation in Boulder.
“This feels like the safest spot in America, and I just nearly got killed for getting a soda and a bag of chips,” he said.
“Boulder feels like a bubble. And the bubble burst, and that’s heartbreaking.
“It doesn’t feel like there’s anywhere that’s safe any more.”
‘I just nearly got killed for getting a soda and a bag of chips.’
Steven McHugh said his son-in-law was third in line for a COVID-19 vaccine when the shooter came in and killed the woman at the front of the line.
“They were right there from the first shot to the last,” McHugh said, adding his two granddaughters were with their father at the store and were talking on the phone to their grandmother.
She heard about eight shots over the phone before his son-in-law grabbed the two girls and ran upstairs, hiding in a coat closet for 45 minutes.
McHugh said he was grateful that his family members were safe, and he called for what he termed better gun control laws.
“This has got to stop,” he said.
“Every week — every week in the United States there’s a shooting.
“Now it’s our turn. And that should never be repeated anywhere.”
“You know, every city is susceptible.
“But there’s a way in which I would think that, ‘Well, this wasn’t going to happen in Boulder.’
“And now we know better.”
“No family should ever have to go through this again in the United States.
“The intensity and awfulness is going to last with them for the rest of their lives.”
Neven Sloan told CNN affiliate KMGH-TV he and his wife were shopping for mushrooms and milk when he just heard a bang.
“I was like, that’s kind of weird,” he said.
“I didn’t know if it was like a gunshot or whatever, but it was probably three seconds before we heard another, just like ‘bang bang bang bang bang,’ and I immediately sprinted over to her and was like, ‘We’ve got to get out of here,’ and I pushed open the emergency door.”
‘Every week — every week in the United States there’s a shooting.’
Andrew Hummel told KMGH-TV he “heard a loud bang and then everybody kind of sprinted toward the back of the store.”
“I didn’t see anything; I could just hear … and I just ran – I just wanted to get out of there,” Hummel said.
“There was so much going on in such a compact area.”
Hummel said as soon as he got out, he immediately called his parents and his friend and roommate Mason, who works at the store.
Hummel said his first priority was making sure Mason got out safe.
He later found out that Mason was hiding in a storage room with other customers.
“One of the biggest scary texts he sent, he just said, ‘I love you guys. Thank you for everything in case things go bad’,” Hummel said.
‘I love you guys. Thank you for everything in case things go bad.’
“That was a really hard text, especially me being in this situation.
“That was something I would never want to hear from any of my friends.
“It was horrifying. It was truly horrifying.”
Outside the store
Outside of the store, Jessica Crumby said she was laying on a table in a tattoo shop that in the same shopping centre as King Soopers.
She said she heard about four gunshots.
“All of a sudden we just heard ‘pop, pop, crack, crack’,” she said.
“We kind of stopped what we were doing and we heard some glass shattering.”
Crumby said she went outside and saw a neighbouring yoga studio whose window “looked like it had been shot in.”
She also saw people running out of King Sooper and she heard sirens in the background.
At an apartment complex near the grocery store, a man named Ben was inside his apartment when he heard gunshots.
“I didn’t think much of it because it was all muffled from in my apartment,” he told CNN affiliate KCNC.
He says he looked out his window and he saw 40 or more police officers show up from all the surrounding cities.
He told KCNC he saw 10 to 12 people being taken to a bus.
“They pulled out a guy who had no shirt on, no pants and his whole right side of his leg was bleeding,” he said.
“It’s definitely super scary, I’m there twice a week getting my groceries and I was actually about to go there until I saw all the cops outside.”
CNN’s Steve Almasy, Paul P. Murphy, Kelsie Smith and Melanie Whitley contributed to this report.