3 victims of Walmart shooting identified

Saul Bowman
November 3, 2017

Neighbors of the man suspected of fatally shooting three people at a suburban Denver Walmart say he was unfriendly and occasionally hostile toward them.

The suspect was identified Thursday morning as 47-year-old Scott Ostrem, who was arrested near his home after Thornton Police received a tip from an observant citizen. Police are warning civilians to consider Ostrem armed and risky. They also published a photo of the red four-door Mitsubishi hatchback he was believed to have fled in.

The three people who were killed were the only ones who were shot by Ostrem.

Hundreds of emergency responders ringed the Thornton Town Centre shopping complex for hours after the shooting was reported around 5 AM (IST).

As a matter of precaution, the public should be cautious until the suspect is taken into custody.

He says a motive for the shooting is unknown. The call came into dispatch at 6:10 p.m.to report a shooting inside the Grant Street Walmart location, police said. Authorities have not yet released information on victims' identities. "This is a very heinous act", Avila said.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila said Wednesday night that the shooting appears random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

According to Aaron Stephens, a witness who spoke to the Denver Post, he was in the self-checkout line when he heard a single shot fired, followed by more bursts of gunfire.

Customers and employees hid or fled toward the exits after gunshots rang out in Thornton, a suburb of Denver. "I feared for my life". 9Wants to Know has learned he was charged with resisting arrest in 1999, sued by a family member in 2011, was charged with driving under the influence in 2013 and filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

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