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Walmart shooting: Two dead after gunman fires on shoppers

TWO people are dead after a shooting at a Walmart in Colorado, police say.

According to authorities, two men are dead and an injured woman has been taken to hospital.

The incident happened in Thornton around 6.30pm local time, 11.30am AEDT.The incident happened in Thornton around 6.30pm local time, 11.30am AEDT.

Reports of multiple gunshots were made before police arrived on the scene at 9900 Grant St, where the Walmart Super Centre is part of the Thornton Town Centre. The complex also includes a movie cinema and McDonald's.
 

Dozens of police cars and emergency services vehicles raced to the scene, including a SWAT team.

According to police "multiple parties are down".

Dozens of police cars and emergency services vehicles are on the scene, including a SWAT team.

Witnesses say at least 30 shots were fired.

Reuters reports police did not release any information about any of the victims and it was not clear if an assailant had been taken into custody.

"We've got multiple parties down, we're still trying to ascertain what their conditions are," Officer Victor Avila of the Thornton Police Department told Reuters.

Aaron Stephens, 44, was in a self-checkout line when the shooting erupted.

He told the Denver Post that customers started screaming and fleeing towards the exits.

"I was scared," he said. "I feared for my life.

The Post also spoke to Brandon Bonney who took a call from his brother, who was inside at the time of the shooting.

Brandon told his brother to find somewhere to hide. He hasn't heard from his brother since.

 

The store had been "self-evacuated" by customers and employees who fled following the gunfire, Avila said.

Around 300 people were in the store at the time.

One witness named Stephen told local TV at first he thought the sound of gunfire was a firecracker or a car backfiring.

"It was when I heard the staff screaming that I knew I had to get the heck out of there," he said.

Emergency crews and police work at the scene in response to a shooting at Walmart in Thornton, Colo., Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Police in suburban Denver say they are responding to a shooting at a Walmart with
Emergency crews and police work at the scene in response to a shooting at Walmart in Thornton, Colo., Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Police in suburban Denver say they are responding to a shooting at a Walmart with "multiple parties down." Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles converged at the store. John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP

One witness named Stephen told local TV at first he thought the sound of gunfire was a firecracker or a car backfiring.

"It was when I heard the staff screaming that I knew I had to get the heck out of there," he said.

According to Fox News, The Walmart Super Center is part of a shopping center that includes restaurants and a movie theater. It is located off Interstate 25 in Thornton, which is about 16km north of downtown Denver.

Another witness Jay told KDVR the shooter was dressed in a black suit and fired off a gun that was semi-automatic for around 30 seconds and that the incident happened at the back of the store where Halloween costumes were sold.

"Everybody was frightened," he said.

Walmart customers and employees are held back while emergency crews and police work on the grounds of Walmart during a shooting
Walmart customers and employees are held back while emergency crews and police work on the grounds of Walmart during a shooting John Leyba/The Denver Post via AP

Another witness told KDVR that she was heading toward the store's checkout when she heard "two slow pops that sounded like they were coming from the front checkout area, and then I started to run as about four more shots rang out a little faster.

"At that point, everyone was just running and screaming."

More to come.