Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Murder In Boulder

Here is a link to the Boulder Daily Camera.

Ten people, one of them a Boulder police officer, are dead following a shooting at a King Soopers in south Boulder on Monday.

After police earlier in the day did not confirm the number of fatalities, Boulder police Chief Maris Herold said at an evening news conference there were 10 dead, including Boulder police Officer Eric Talley.

“My heart goes out to the victims of this incident and I’m grateful for the police officers that responded, and I am so sorry about the loss of Officer Talley.”

Herold said police received a call at about 2:30 p.m. of a man with a rifle at the King Soopers at 3600 Table Mesa. Herold said Talley was the first on scene and was fatally shot.

Herold said Talley’s actions were “heroic,” and also praised the officers who followed him in responding to the active scene.

“Police officers’ actions fell nothing short of being heroic,” she said.

The other nine victims have not yet been publicly identified by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office, but Herold said they were working to notify families as soon as possible.

“I know there are people out there waiting for an answer, and I’m sympathetic to that,” Herold said.

Police said the shooting and possible motive were still under investigation, but police do have one suspect in custody and do not believe there is any threat to the public.

I lived and worked in the Boulder area from 1982 to 1988 when I was in grad school, and from 1983 to 1984 I lived about a mile from the store where the shootings took place. That was my local supermarket, and judging from the aerial footage, it still looks much the same as it did when I shopped there. It’s a nice residential neighborhood on the south side of town with an amazing view of the Flatirons Mountains that dominate the western skyline.

This is madness, and nothing is being done to stop it.  We will see the images, including the bodies, on TV, we will shake our head and offer thoughts and prayers, and then move on.  It doesn’t matter whether there’s a Democrat or a Republican in the White House or whoever is in the majority in the House and the Senate.

It’s not a matter of courage.  It’s a matter of persistence.  We can defeat the gun lobby and have meaningful gun control without overturning the Second Amendment.  But we really have to want to.  Apparently we don’t yet.  So when?

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