A suspect was in custody on Tuesday a day after 10 people, including a policeman, were killed in a hail of gunfire inside a Colorado grocery store, marking America’s second mass shooting in a week and adding to the state’s history of deadly massacres.
The man was seen bloodied and limping as he was led away from the scene in handcuffs on Monday. He has since been identified as Ahmad Alyssa, 21.
The shooting at a King Soopers outlet in Boulder, about 28 miles northwest of Denver, drew hundreds of responding officers and sent shoppers and employees fleeing for cover.
The first officer on the scene, 51-year-old Eric Talley, was among those killed, a tearful Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a Monday news conference. An 11-year veteran of the force, Talley was the father of seven children and had recently been looking for a less dangerous job, according to a statement released by his father.
The ten victims ranged in age from 20 to 65.
Authorities gave few details and offered no possible motive for the bloodshed, which came six days after a gunman went on a killing spree in the Atlanta area, fatally shooting eight people at three day spas before he was arrested.
Police said the accused gunman was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries but did not explain how he was hurt. There was no word on when he might face an initial court appearance.
Video footage broadcast by media stations showed a bearded man in shorts being led away from the store limping and in handcuffs before he was placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.
The killings added to a long line of mass shootings in Colorado that include some of the most shocking episodes of gun violence in modern U.S. history.