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U.S. state of Colorado: Ten dead in a supermarket shot

Status: 23.03.2021 6:38 a.m.

Ten people were shot dead in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. A suspect is in custody and nothing is known about his motive.

From Julia Kastein,
ARD-Studio Washington

It is the second mass shooting in the United States in a week: In Boulder, Colorado, a man opened fire in a supermarket and shot ten people. Including the policeman who was the first to arrive at the scene. Eyewitnesses told the US media chaotic scenes – of volleys of gunfire, of customers trying desperately to reach the exit of the supermarket or hiding behind shelves and doors.

Julia Kastein

Julia Kastein
ARD-Studio Washington

A large contingent of the police was finally able to arrest the alleged perpetrator after over an hour – he was apparently injured in the leg. His identity is still unknown, as is his motive. Investigators have only just begun to evaluate evidence and witness interviews, said prosecutor Michael Dougherty. Previously there had been a large-scale police operation at the supermarket. At least three helicopters landed on the roof.

Debate on racism and gun violence

Just last Wednesday, a 21-year-old man murdered eight people in three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, six of them were women from China and South Korea. The mass murder in Georgia had sparked the debate over racism and attacks on people of Asian roots in the US.

After the rampage now in Boulder, calls for stricter gun laws were loud that night. The alleged perpetrator is said to have been armed with an assault rifle. US President Biden had promised during the election campaign to campaign for a ban on such weapons in private hands, but so far nothing has been done. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that President Joe Biden had been informed of the shooting.

Ten dead, including one policeman, in a shooting in Boulder, Colorado

Julia Kastein, ARD Washington, March 23, 2021 6:22 am

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