3 killed in Colorado Walmart shooting; no arrests

Multiple parties down in shooting at Thornton Walmart

Police want people to stay away from the area.

They also confirmed that no suspect was yet in custody. The men died inside the store and the woman died later that night at a hospital, authorities said on Twitter. "Active crime scene. We will update as info becomes available".

Police said the killings appear to be a random act of violence and not an act of terrorism. "We don't know exactly what the motive of the person was, but it was certainly a awful act".

Witness Guadalupe Perez was shopping when the shots were fired.

It is located off Interstate 25 in Thornton, north of downtown Denver.

Avila told Reuters that Ostrem was a "local" but said he could not give more details while the investigation is under way. The Walmart girl said, 'The balloons are popping.' And I turn around and I just see all the people walking, falling down because they were really scared.

'Shooting just occurred at Walmart, 9900 Grant St, multiple parties down. "Then I heard two more shots, and then I hit the ground because I didn't know if there were going to be bullets flying".

NBC television affiliate 9NEWS reported a woman whose son was in the Wal-Mart said he heard about 30 gunshots. "I was thinking, 'Oh my God, it's Las Vegas happening at Walmart in Thornton.' And I freaked".

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