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Thornton shooting
Location Thornton, Colorado, U.S.
Coordinates 39°52′34″N104°59′10″W / 39.876109°N 104.986166099°W / 39.876109; -104.986166099
DateNovember 1, 2017 (2017-11-01)
c. 6:10 p.m. – (MT; UTC−07:00)
Target Walmart Supercenter
9901 Grant Street
Thornton, Colorado 80229
Attack type
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorScott Ostrem

On November 1, 2017, a shooting occurred at a Walmart Supercenter in Thornton, a suburb of Denver, Colorado. [1] It was reported to have begun at 6:10 p.m. MT, [2] resulting in three people killed. [3] There was a nationwide manhunt for suspect Scott Ostrem, 47. [3] Ostrem fled in a red Mitsubishi Mirage. [4] Witnesses said he had casually walked into the store and randomly began shooting at people. [2]

Shooting act or process of firing firearms or other projectile weapons

Shooting is the act or process of discharging a projectile from a ranged weapon (such as a gun, slingshot, crossbow, or bow. Even the acts of launching/discharging artillery, darts, grenades, rockets and guided missiles can be considered acts of shooting. When using a firearm, the act of shooting is often called firing as it involves initiating a combustion process.

Walmart U.S. discount retailer based in Arkansas

Walmart Inc. is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. It also owns and operates Sam's Club retail warehouses. As of January 31, 2019, Walmart has 11,348 stores and clubs in 27 countries, operating under 55 different names. The company operates under the name Walmart in the United States and Canada, as Walmart de México y Centroamérica in Mexico and Central America, as Asda in the United Kingdom, as the Seiyu Group in Japan, and as Best Price in India. It has wholly owned operations in Argentina, Chile, Canada, and South Africa. Since August 2018, Walmart only holds a minority stake in Walmart Brasil, with 20% of the company's shares, and private equity firm Advent International holding 80% ownership of the company.

Thornton, Colorado City in Colorado, United States

Thornton is a home rule municipality in Adams and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado, located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thornton is 10 miles (16 km) north/northeast of downtown Denver. The United States Census Bureau reported the city's growing population at 118,772 on April 1, 2010, a 44.2% increase from the 2000 Census population of 82,384. Thornton is the sixth-most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 213th-most populous city in the United States.


Just before 6:30 p.m. MT, Thornton police tweeted there were "multiple parties down" and instructed people to avoid the area. [5] Just before 8:00 a.m. MT, Ostrem was arrested in Westminster near 72nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard, [6] less than 10 miles (16 km) from the location of the shooting. [7] A phone call to police led to his capture. [8]

Mountain Time Zone time zone of North America

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Westminster, Colorado City in Colorado, United States

Westminster is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. Westminster is a northwest suburb of Denver. The Westminster Municipal Center is located 9 miles (14 km) north-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol. As of the 2010 census the population of Westminster was 106,114, and as of 2016 the estimated population was 113,875. Westminster is the seventh most populous city in Colorado and the 237th most populous city in the United States. Westminster is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. In July 2006, it was ranked as the 24th best place to live in the USA by Money magazine.


Scott Ostrem shot at people using a handgun. [9] Ostrem applied for chapter 7 bankruptcy in September 2015. [10] He was arrested 14 times in Colorado. [6] The last time was in 2013 for driving under the influence. [6] He accumulated a credit card debt of $58,000. [11] Ostrem lived by himself in a one-bedroom apartment. Neighbors said he cursed at them. [4] He was occasionally seen carrying a rifle bag to and from where he lived. [12] Ostrem never worked at Walmart. [10] The cameras spotted Ostrem leaving Walmart in the same calm manner he had shown when he entered. [13] Ostrem unexpectedly took off from his job as a sheet metal worker at a roofing company hours prior to the incident. [14]

Driving under the influence (DUI), driving while impaired/driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunk driving, operating while intoxicated (OWI), operating [a] vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OVI) in Ohio, drink-driving (UK), or impaired driving (Canada) is currently the crime or offense of driving or operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs, to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely.

Credit card debt A form of consumer debt accumulated through the use of credit cards.

Credit card debt is an example of unsecured consumer debt, accessed through credit cards.

Ostrem's stepsister said he suffered brain damage from taking LSD almost 30 years ago and has heard voices in his head since then. [15] She said his personality quickly changed following a drug party. [16] She said Ostrem did not get treated from any mental health professional. [15]

Lysergic acid diethylamide A hallucinogenic drug

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, is a hallucinogenic drug. Effects typically include altered thoughts, feelings, and awareness of one's surroundings. Many users see or hear things that do not exist. Dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature are typical. Effects typically begin within half an hour and can last for up to 12 hours. It is used mainly as a recreational drug and for spiritual reasons.

A mental health professional is a health care practitioner or community services provider who offers services for the purpose of improving an individual's mental health or to treat mental disorders. This broad category was developed as a name for community personnel who worked in the new community mental health agencies begun in the 1970s to assist individuals moving from state hospitals, to prevent admissions, and to provide support in homes, jobs, education and community. These individuals were the forefront brigade to develop the community programs, which today may be referred to by names such as supported housing, psychiatric rehabilitation, supported or transitional employment, sheltered workshops, supported education, daily living skills, affirmative industries, dual diagnosis treatment, individual and family psychoeducation, adult day care, foster care, family services and mental health counseling.


Carlos Moreno, 66, of Thornton, Victor Vasquez, 26, of Denver, and Pamela Marques, 52, of Denver died as a result of the incident. [17] Moreno and Vasquez died at the scene, [18] while Marques was transported to a local hospital, where she subsequently died. [19] No Walmart employees were injured as a result of the incident. [20] All three families of the people who were killed have asked for financial assistance online via crowdfunding sites. [21] The Walmart reopened its doors on November 5, 2017. [22] While many shoppers were inside the store, some of them remained outside to give their condolences to the deceased, and to leave messages for the survivors. [22]

Denver Health Medical Center Hospital in Colorado, United States

Denver Health Medical Center, formerly named Denver General Hospital and sometimes abbreviated to Denver Health, is a hospital in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Denver, founded in 1860. It is one of three Level I Trauma Centers in Colorado. Denver Health is one of the primary teaching hospitals in Denver and is affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. It is known locally as the "Knife and Gun Club" because almost every shift sees a stabbing or shooting victim. Denver Health's CEO is Robin D. Wittenstein, Ed.D., FACHE.

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing and alternative finance. In 2015, over US$34 billion was raised worldwide by crowdfunding.


Officer Victor Avila explained that the aftermath of the shooting was "mass chaos," as numerous people rushed out of the store. [17]

The motive for the killing is not known. [23] Police spokesman Victor Avila said there is no evidence that the incident was an act of terror, [24] saying "We don't know exactly what the motive of the person was, but it was certainly a terrible act." [25]

Ostrem was placed in the Adams County jail. [26] Ostrem was set to appear at Adams County District Court at 11 a.m. MT on November 3, 2017. [27] A prosecutor said on November 3, 2017 Ostrem may face multiple charges, in addition to first-degree murder charges resulting from the killings of three people inside Walmart. [14] Adams County District Attorney Dave Young said the additional potential charges are being considered because numerous people were also inside Walmart when Ostrem was shooting inside the store on November 1, 2017. [14] Young did not comment when questioned by reporters regarding a motive for the incident and whether authorities were contemplating hate crime charges, as the three individuals killed were Latino, while Ostrem is white. [14] The courtroom reached its 90-person capacity. [14] At least three people at the court hearing were family members. [14] They declined to talk to reporters following the hearing. [14]

Ostrem was charged with murder and attempted murder on November 6, 2017. [15] District Attorney Dave Young told Denver7  on November 6, 2017 it was too soon to determine if he'd pursue the death penalty, but said he'd talk to the victims' families prior making a decision. [28] A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 8, 2018, delayed due to a question of whether Ostrem could stand trial. [29] On October 10, 2018, Ostrem pleaded guilty in the shooting. [30] [31] [32] On October 19, 2018, Ostrem was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences plus 48 years in prison. [33] [34]


As of November 2, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump has remained silent on the incident. [35]

Walmart released a statement that said "The entire Walmart family is 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." [36]

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