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Neighbors of suspected Walmart shooter react to tragedy

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More than 24 hours after Scott Ostrem, who police say, opened fire on innocent shoppers inside of the Walmart in Thornton, killing three people, three candles have been left behind at the entrance, lit up to remember their lives. 

"It seemed like he wasn't right," Jerald Burnett, a neighbor said.

As the Walmart in Thornton prepares to return back to normal, neighbors of the shooter only six miles away in Westminster are asking why.

"Why do you want to go to Walmart and just shoot three people and other people get injured, I mean, what is the issue?" Joey Brandon, a neighbor said.

Two men and one woman, with no relation, shot and killed buying groceries in the dinner time rush.

26-year-old Victor Vasquez told his mother and pregnant fiancee to run when he saw the gunman open fire, leaving behind his two small children.

66-year-old Carlos Moreno worked as a handyman at a nearby education center for almost two decades, leaving behind a wife, three daughters and two granddaughters.

52-year-old Pamela Marques was a loving mother with two granddaughters. Family friends tell News5 all three were her whole world.

"It's hard to believe that somebody out of our apartment building would go out and open fire," Burnett said.

Neighbors say 47-year-old Scott Ostrem always kept to himself, never said hello and never had friends over.

"Actually I've heard him say that 'I don't want to live anymore, I don't want to live anymore, I don't want to live anymore,' I've heard words come out like that briefly before as I'm out here at this dumpster area throwing out trash," James Ware, a neighbor said.

Ware would see him pass by his alley next to work as he'd go to the dollar store or the liquor store across the street. Even with his sometimes odd behavior, he never expected something like this to happen.

"I'm just sad because people are suffering for somebody that may have needed help, maybe the guy could have gotten help prior to something like this but apparently he didn't," he said.

The Walmart in Thornton is scheduled to reopen to shoppers on Friday morning.

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