Two men are dead after a shooting inside the Walmart Super Center at 9901 Grant St. in Thornton, police confirmed.
Hundreds of emergency responders ringed Thornton Town Center shopping center Wednesday after the shooting was was reported around 6:30 p.m.
Police initially reported that “multiple parties” were down in the shooting. An hour later, Thornton Police Department tweeted “at this time this is not an active shooter.”
Thornton Town Center is a big-box shopping center that backs to Interstate 25 south of 104th Avenue. It includes several other retailers including The Home Depot. It’s also the location of a Cinebarre theater and McDonald’s.
Below Is A Life Stream Of The Scene
People who had been in the store flooded the parking lot of the Golden Corral restaurant, overlooking the shopping center from the south.
Aaron Stephens, 44, was in the self-checkout line at Walmart when he heard a single shot fired, and the two more bursts of gunfire. He said customers started screaming and running for the exits.
“I was scared,” Stephens said. “I feared for my life.”
Stephens, who has lived in Thornton for 20 years, said he saw someone being taken into custody after the shooting.
Police warned people in the area to stay away from the shopping center. Streets leading to the area were blocked by emergency vehicles and police officers armed with long guns standing at intersections.
This story will be updated as more info becomes available.