It was a dark, gray day here in Boulder county. We don’t get a lot of those. Unfortunately, the weather was a grim predicter of what would go down that day in Boulder, about 10 miles down the road from my house.
I had planned to go to Target and Whole Foods. But I was feeling a bit tired. So I decided to get all my groceries at Target, even though I knew Whole Foods had better shrimp. With enough spices I hoped no one could tell the difference.
When I went into Target I heard a lot of sirens. Target is near Hwy. 36 which heads west to Boulder. There’s also a big interchange where many accidents occur. I brushed off the sirens as an accident. I actually didn’t spend a lot of time in Target. Usually I wander the store picking up things I don’t need, but today I just tried to stick to my list.
When I got home I heard the news on a local Facebook page about the shooting at King Sooper’s grocery store. At that point people knew there were at least 2-3 dead due to the live streaming video of a local videographer. Later we learned that a police officer, Eric Talley, 51, had died. He had become a policeman only 11 years ago after a career change (former IT guy). He now leaves behind seven children and his wife. The next day we learned the final death toll – ten people including Officer Talley. The man charged was a 21-year-old from nearby Arvada. Motive remains unclear at this point. He was caught by officers in the store when he surrendered due to leg wound.
Of the other people, three were store employees, and another one was a woman picking up groceries for an Instacart delivery.
We’re still all trying to deal with this. Boulder is normally a pretty peaceful town. Yes, it is a college town where kids do occasionally drink too much and get rowdy. (Recently the news of a large party near campus that got out of control made national news). Like the rest of Colorado, we’ve been dealing with an uptick of car thefts, but that’s about it for this normally pretty quiet town of 110,000.
Today I watched the procession as Officer Talley’s body was moved to the funeral home in Aurora, just east of Denver. Tomorrow I plan to go to Boulder and place flowers at the memorial outside the store.