Thornton Police have Walmart shooting suspect in custody

The suspect in the Walmart shooting

He walked in the front door of the Thornton Walmart and opened fire on shoppers with a handgun.

Thornton Police said Wednesday night that the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan said Thursday that 52-year-old Pamela Marques, 66-year-old Carlos Moreno, and 26-year-old Victor Vasquez died in the shooting. The call came into dispatch at 6:10 p.m.to report a shooting inside the Grant Street Walmart location, police said. He was identified after investigators scoured "lots of hours" of surveillance video and a law enforcement database, according to Avila. 9Wants to Know has learned he was charged with resisting arrest in 1999, sued by a family member in 2011, was charged with driving under the influence in 2013 and filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Thornton Police said they are now reviewing security camera footage and interviewing witnesses "for assistance with suspect (s) description/info". Authorities used security video to help identify the suspect.

The two men died inside the store while the woman died later at a nearby hospital. However, a Thornton PD spokesperson did refer to the shooting as a heinous act.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appears to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.


"The employees started screaming and the customers started screaming" as people began to flee, he said.

"It took a while because it was so many people, it was mass chaos in there", Avila said.

Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims.

An hour later, the Thornton Police Department tweeted, "At this time this is not an active shooter".

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