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Pops, then 'a stampede': Police in Boulder, Colorado, respond to reports of active shooter at supermarket

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Police in Boulder, Colorado, armed with protective gear and rifles responded Monday to reports of an active shooter at a King Soopers supermarket.

It wasn’t clear whether there have been any injuries or fatalities. The Boulder Daily Camera said at least one person has been hospitalized.

The FBI office in Denver tweeted that it’s assisting in the investigation of the shooting at the request of the Boulder police.

The Boulder Police Department at 2:49 p.m. local time tweeted an alert for people to stay away from the area around the supermarket. 

At one point, authorities were heard over a loudspeaker telling someone the building was surrounded and “you need to surrender” and come out with hands up and unarmed.

Health care workers walk out of a King Soopers Grocery store after a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado.

At 4:18 p.m., police reiterated the warning to avoid the area – “this is still a very active scene” – and asked local residents to stay inside and not to “broadcast on social media any tactical information you might see.”

A shirtless man with blood running down his leg was escorted out of the store in handcuffs by two police officers, a live TV feed showed. An ambulance pulled away from the store, apparently carrying the man.

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