A pair of newlyweds and a store worker described how they frantically hid from a gunman and helped others to safety in a Colorado grocery store shootout on Monday that left 10 dead .
Logan Smith was working at a Starbucks kiosk and married couple Neven and Quinlyn Sloan were shopping at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder on Monday afternoon when they heard a gunman open fire.
Smith said he saw two friends and colleagues die from the gunfire.
“It was really tough,” he told Hoda Kotb TODAY Tuesday. “Waking up this morning, dealing with everything, it was really difficult. It’s harder than yesterday to think about the friends I’ve lost. I’m still trying to reach one of my other friends who didn’t respond so I don’t know their situation but it’s hard to figure it all out. ”
The public prosecutor said on Monday that the alleged shooter, who has not been named, is in custody. No details were provided as to a possible motive for the shooting.
Ten people died in the shooting, including Eric Talley, 51, a father of seven and an 11-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department, Police Chief Maris Herold said at a press conference Monday night. Talley was the first officer to arrive at the store after being dispatched following reports of gunfire, Herold said.
Police have yet to name the other nine people who were killed, saying they are warning the next of kin first.
Officers could be seen pulling a man out of the store in handcuffs with blood on his leg, but police do not confirm if he is the alleged shooter.
Smith said that at 2:28 p.m. local time, a customer entered the store to warn people that there was an active shooter in the parking lot. Smith heard the shooting outside, called 911, then helped a coworker hide behind trash cans before rushing for cover.
“I was just trying to find a place to protect myself,” he said. “I ended up deciding to hide behind another trash can. It couldn’t really protect me. I was definitely in a fatal situation if the shooter came to the booth. “
Neven and Quinlyn Sloan, married for just over a month, were shopping when they heard the shots.
“My first thought didn’t come to me to be a shooter,” said Quinlyn Sloan. “So I didn’t react right away because it was pretty muffled, the first two, because they were outside, but then it got louder and there was like bangs in a row. And then that’s when Neven approached me. , and that’s when I was like, OK, this is serious. ”
Neven Sloan helped his wife to safety outside the store before rushing to the doors to help the others near the exit.
“I just felt God was forcing me to come back,” Neven said. “There was another guy sitting by the fire exit. His name was Michael, he was really kind and really brave. There were two older women trying to get out, I just wanted to come back and help them out and help Michael get those two ladies out. ”
“When I got behind a building, I started crying because everyone in the crowd ran away and my one-and-a-half-month-old husband was running towards him,” Quinlyn said. “It’s totally his heart and he just loves people that way. “