THE US has been rocked by another shooting rampage that has left ten people dead, including one police officer.
The shooter targeted a spate of shoppers, who were “going about their day, doing their food shopping, and their lives were cut abruptly and tragically short,” the Boulder County District Attorney, Michael Dougherty said.
10 people died in the shocking shooting on MondayCredit: EPA
Who was Eric Talley?
The 51-year-old was the first responding officer to arrive to the scene just after 2:30 pm.
The Boulder police chief described his actions as “nothing short of heroic”.
He joined the Boulder Police Department in 2010 and always “took his job as a police officer very seriously”, according to his father, Homer Talley.
The 11-year-veteran had recently been looking for a job that would keep him off the front line.
A statement from Homer explained: “He was looking for a job to keep himself off of the front lines and was learning to be a drone operator.
“He didn’t want to put his family through something like this and he believed in Jesus Christ.”
The hero cop leaves behind seven children – the youngest being 7-years-old.
“He loved his kids and family more than anything,” a heartbroken Homer continued.
Tragic officer Eric Talley, 51, who was the first responder to the scene leaves behind seven childrenCredit: AP
What happened in Boulder, Colorado?
Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire a King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado.
It is the seventh mass shooting in the US in a week.
At around 2:30 pm, shots rang out in the supermarket, situated just a few miles from the State University campus.
Unsuspecting shoppers and employees ran for cover, with some reportedly escaping through a stock area and a loading dock.
Witness Ryan Borowski said he heard two loud noises, and by the third, customers realized it was something sinister.
“We told employees what was going on so everybody helped each other and we just ran to safety as quickly as we could,” he told CNN.
Another man in the store, attending the pharmacy to receive his coronavirus vaccine, was forced to hid in a closet for an hour before being rescued via the roof.
A huge police presence responded, alongside SWAT teams and at least three helicopters.
The suspect, who was injured during the incident, has been taken into custody. Police said they are currently being treated for those injuries.
It is currently unclear what the motive of the shooter was, but he was allegedly armed with a long gun.
A shirtless man was pictured being escorted away by police with streams of blood pouring down his leg.
Police said the suspected shooter is receiving treatment for injuries.
None of the other nine victims have yet been identified.
Talley has been branded a “hero” for his brave actionsCredit: AFP