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  • 20.10.2019
Suspected Walmart killer a 'hostile loner'
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19.10.2019

Suspected Walmart killer a 'hostile loner'

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A man arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting three people inside a suburban Denver Walmart has been described by neighbours as a hostile loner who cursed at them and often carried a shotgun in and out of his third-floor apartment.
Police arrested Scott Ostrem, 37, a day after the shooting that killed three people following a brief morning rush-hour chase in the northern Denver suburb of Thornton several blocks from his apartment building and about 8 kilometres from the Walmart.
Ostrem was handcuffed at a crowded intersection about 14 hours after the shooting, which killed two men and a woman and sent dozens of shoppers and workers fleeing in panic from the busy store.
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Police did not disclose if they had not determined a motive for the shooting, but residents of the Samuel Park Apartments building where Ostrem lived described him as a rude man who kept to himself.
Most of the building's tenants talk to each other, but renter Teresa Muniz said Ostrem never returned her greetings and swore at people for sitting on exterior stairways and leaving laundry in communal machines.
"He didn't seem to have anybody," she said. "Being angry all the time. That's what he seemed like, always angry."
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Gerald Burnett, a 63-year-old retiree who lives in a first-floor unit, said he was sitting on the stairs drinking coffee one morning when Ostrem came down, told him to move and cursed at him.
"Dude had an attitude, big time," Burnett said. "He's the type of person if you said 'good morning,' he wouldn't say nothing. If you greeted him, he wouldn't say anything back. I just learned not to even talk to the clown."
Ostrem's former boss David Heidt said Ostrem had abruptly walked away from his job at the metal fabrication shop where he'd worked for the last three years just hours before the attack.
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Witnesses said the shooter walked calmly into the Thornton Walmart late on Wednesday, opened fire and fled.
Marlena and Jason Fobb said they were paying for a vacuum and contact lenses when a man at a nearby register was shot.
"We were all looking at each other like, oh gosh this is it," Marlena Fobb said.
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The couple and others hid in a small storage room, she said. When officers arrived, they told them to "hurry and run" and not look at bodies, she added.
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