Boulder, Colorado, law enforcement authorities continue to investigate the mass shooting of 10 people by a single gunman at a Kroger-owned King Soopers supermarket there.
It was the second mass shooting in the US in a week.
The gunman, who reportedly was using an AR-style rifle in the attack, is in custody, police said. While the man has been identified, his motive has not yet been disclosed by police. He has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder.
The shootings started at about 2:30 pm local time yesterday, when the man - who one report said was wearing an armored vest - opened fire. Some customers rushed to get out of the store, while others barricaded themselves inside the store.
While most of the victims have not yet been publicly identified, one has - Police Officer Eric Talley, 51, an decade-long veteran of the Boulder force who was the first officer to respond to 911 calls. The Washington Post this morning writes that "For years, Eric Talley had a stable job in information technology that provided for his children and his wife, who educated their seven children in their Colorado home.
"But in 2010, after one of his closest friends died in a DUI crash, he quit, left behind his master’s degree, and enrolled in the police academy at 40 years old, according to his friends and family."
Kroger released a statement that said, in part, "We are horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence that occurred at our King Soopers store located on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, CO.
"The entire Kroger Family offers our thoughts, prayers and support to our associated, customers and the first responders who so bravely responded to this tragic situation.
"We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement, and our store will remain closed during the police investigation."