Less than one week after eight people were killed in Atlanta, a 21-year-old man opened fire in a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday (March 22), killing 10 people. The victims — including Boulder police officer and married father of seven, Eric Talley, 51, who ran into the line of fire to save lives — ranged in age from 20 to 65, and were reportedly killed by a man wielding a semiautomatic rifle, according to CNN.
The shocking scene follows on the heels of a similar shooting spree last week in Atlanta, during which a 21-year-old man opened first at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area in an incident some experts believe could have ties to the rising tide of anti-Asian hate in the nation over the past year considering that six of the victims were women of Asian-American descent.
“…………Colorado……….there aren’t any words,” wrote duo Aly & AJ along with broken heart and crying emoji about the latest mass shooting incident, the seventh in the U.S. in just the past week, including three on Saturday; a mass shooting is typically defined as one with four or more casualties resulting in death or wounding, excluding the shooter.
At press time, a motive had not yet been determined.
The New York Times reported that after Boulder enacted an assault-style weapons and large capacity magazines ban went in the city following the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a state district court judge ruled this month that Boulder could not enforce the bans; police had not confirmed what kind of weapon was used in the Boulder shooting at press time. The suspect in the Colorado case was charged with 10 counts of murder on Monday after officers shot him at least once in the store.
“Tragedy struck in Boulder, CO tonight,” tweeted Luke Bryan. “My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Praying for healing. #BoulderStrong.”
Prayers also came in from Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J, while former First Lady and Senator Hillary Clinton noted that after a temporary reprieve from mass shooting events during the COVID-19 pandemic, “Getting back to normal in America cannot mean getting back to regular mass shootings. My heart goes out to the 10 families grieving in Colorado today. We simply can’t let this continue to be who we are.”
See the tweets below.
Getting back to normal in America cannot mean getting back to regular mass shootings.
My heart goes out to the 10 families grieving in Colorado today.
We simply can't let this continue to be who we are.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 23, 2021
Prayers up for the family’s in Colorado🙏🏿
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) March 23, 2021
💔…………Colorado……….there aren’t any words 😓
— Aly & AJ (@alyandaj) March 23, 2021
My heart breaks for the victims in the Boulder, Colorado mass shooting.
Thinking of those killed, their friends and family members, as they cope with this nightmare.
The time to act on common sense gun legislation is now. #GunControlNow
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) March 23, 2021
This is the 7th mass shooting in 7 days.
Our communities are living in terror and they need more than our “thoughts and prayers”.
No more cowering to the gun lobby. We need to pass gun safety legislation NOW. https://t.co/qxOijIflI6
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 23, 2021
Our hearts break for all who were hurt or killed in Colorado. Walking the aisles of a grocery store, the fear of gun violence should be the last thing on your mind. We simply cannot accept this as part of American life.
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) March 23, 2021