Suspect captured who killed 3 people in Walmart shooting rampage (PICTURES/VIDEOS)


A Walmart Super Center in a suburb of Denver was rocked Wednesday night when a lone gunman on a rampage killed three people.

According to witnesses, the suspect, Scott Ostrem, 47, carried out his murderous agenda in a casual, unaffected manner. He was taken into custody outside an apartment Thursday morning, his arrest occurring without incident.

Ostrem allegedly entered the Walmart in Thorton, Colo. just after 6 p.m. Armed with a handgun, witnesses say he “nonchalantly” opened fire randomly, as shoppers and employees dashed to find cover.

“I was just picking up my last item and about to head towards the checkout,” a witness at the store told FOX31. “Heard two, slow pops that sounded like they were coming from the front checkout area, and then started to run as about four more shots rang out a little faster. At that point, everyone was just running and screaming.”

Police said it was “mass chaos” in the area. They found two men dead at the scene and the third victim, a woman, was pronounced dead after she was transferred to a hospital.

After police identified Ostrem using surveillance footage, officials issued a nationwide extradition homicide warrant, listing him as “armed and dangerous.”

According to Fox31, a citizen tip led police to an apartment which was breached by a SWAT team, but Ostrem was not found inside. Then, just before 8 a.m., a Mitsubishi Mirage associated with Ostrem drove past the apartment complex. It was then that police stopped the vehicle, apprehending Ostrem without incident.

Police are still searching for a motive, and say Ostrem does not have an extensive criminal background. During a press conference Thursday, Thorton police spokesman Victor Avila said the shooting appeared to be a random act and that there was no indication that it was an act of terror.

“This is a very heinous act,” Avila said. “We don’t know exactly what the motive of the person was, but it was certainly a terrible act.”

According to Fox News, “two bystanders [were] in stable condition,” but little additional information is known.

Ragan Dickens, Walmart’s director of national media relations, said in a statement that the company was “deeply saddened by this tragic event.”

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the families who lost loved ones and to all who were impacted by what took place. We are assisting law enforcement however we can and are referring all requests for information to them,” the statement read.

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