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Thornton Police have Walmart shooting suspect in custody

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Police in Thornton, Colorado have arrested a suspect in Wednesday night's shooting inside a Walmart that resulted in the deaths of two men and a woman. Authorities considered 47-year-old Scott Ostrem armed and dangerous. There's no word on Ostrem's possible connection to the victims or a motive.

Police announced this morning that Ostrem does not have an extensive criminal history. According to our partners at 9 News in Denver, Ostrem filed for bankruptcy in 2015. He also reportedly was arrested in 1999 for resisting arrest, was sued by a family member in 2011 and was caught driving under the influence in 2013.

He was not home as officers executed a search warrant this morning. Thornton police officers said an anonymous tip led them to the apartment, which is about five miles from the Walmart store where the shooting took place. 

It was during surveillance that officers spotted a red Mitsubishi he was driving stuck in traffic at an intersection. He was arrested without incident. It is unclear if he was armed at the time.

SWAT officers got Ostrem in custody near 72nd Street and Federal in Westminster. His red Mitsubishi was stopped in the middle of the road. Officers are already towing away the vehicle.

News 5's Shayla Girardin is in Thornton gathering the latest information. She'll keep us updated all morning on-air, online, and with KOAA 5 Facebook.

Police say the three victims who died, were the only people who were shot during the incident. The victims were in the same area of the store, near the cash registers, but it is unclear if they knew each other. Investigators are describing this as a random attack, with witnesses saying the gunman walked into the store "nonchalantly" and began firing.

The Adams and Broomfield Counties Coroner announced Pamela Marques, 52, Carlos Moreno, 66 and Victor Vasquez, 26 died in Wednesday's shooting. Our partners in Denver, 9 News, are reporting that Marques is from Denver, while Moreno and Vasquez are from unincorporated Adams County. 

A bus full of people who were inside the store at the time of the shooting were taken on an RTD bus to the Thornton Police department, which is just to the south of the store. Thornton Police said they are currently reviewing security camera footage and interviewing witnesses "for assistance with suspect(s) description/info."

The first report of shots fired came in just before 6:30 p.m. at the Walmart located at 9901 Grant St. in Thornton. Grant St. was been closed near the store due to a large police presence. 

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