Lawmakers respond after Boulder grocery shooting reportedly claims 10 lives, including ‘heroic’ police officer

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America saw yet another senseless mass shooting on Monday, leaving ten people dead in Boulder, Colorado, including a police officer responding to the event.

According to witnesses, a gunman armed with an “AR-15 style weapon” and wearing tactical-like gear opened fire inside a King Soopers grocery store in the middle of the afternoon.

Shoppers were left scrambling for cover or to exit the store as shots rang out. Boulder police officer Eric Talley, 51, the first officer on the scene, was killed. Talley had seven children, with the youngest being seven-years-old, according to his father, Homer Talley

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold tearfully announced the fatalities, to include one of her own, as she praised the “heroic action of this officer.”

“Officer Talley responded to the scene, was the first at the scene and he was fatally shot,” she said. “I also want to commend the heroic actions of the officers responding not only from Boulder P.D., but from across the county and other parts of the region.”

(Video: CNN)

The elder Talley said his son loved his children, and was in the process of trying to move off the front line, according to the Denver Channel.

“He took his job as a police officer very seriously,” he said. “He had seven children. The youngest is 7 year old. He loved his kids and his family more than anything. He joined the police force when he was 40 years old. He was looking for a job to keep himself off of the front lines and was learning to be a drone operator. He didn’t want to put his family through something like this and he believed in Jesus Christ.”

A suspect has been arrested, although authorities have not released his name.

A man in handcuffs was seen on video being led away from the store. The man was wearing shorts with no shirt or shoes on. He had a bloody leg and was taken away by ambulance.

It’s not entirely clear if this was the suspected gunman.

Shoppers in shock over the shooting described their harrowing experiences to the media, with one man saying, “I nearly got shot for getting a soda and a bag of chips.”

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., an avid Second Amendment supporter, took to social media to denounce the “senseless violence” while calling for unity.

“As we continue to hear the news coming out of Boulder, I’m praying for the police, first responders, and those affected by this tragedy,” she tweeted. “May God be with us as we make sense of this senseless violence, and may we unify and not divide during this time.”

After long decrying “thoughts and prayers” offered to victims of mass shootings, a number of Democratic officials extended their prayers for those involved, including Gov. Jared Polis and Sens. John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet.

Colorado has seen a number of similar shootings, beginning with the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 that claimed 13 lives, and the 2012 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, where 12 people died.

Both of these shootings were within 70 miles of Boulder.

There was a parade of Democrats calling for gun control measures in the wake of the shooting on Monday:

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