Teen girls hid in closet for hour during Boulder shooting: grandfather

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When a gunman opened fire at a Colorado supermarket, killing 10 people, two teenage girls hid in an upstairs closet for an hour before they were rescued by police, according to their grandfather.

The girls were at the King Soopers in Boulder with their father, who was getting a COVID-19 vaccine, when all hell broke loose, the grandfather told NBC affiliate KUSA.

Police guard people evacuated after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22, 2021.
Police guard people evacuated after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22, 2021.
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“There was shooting, and he saw it and got the girls down. They ran and hid upstairs in a coat closet for an hour — in the coats,” he said.

“They were communicating with my daughter through his phone, texting, and then the cops came in through the roof, protecting them,” Steven continued.

Steven McHugh's two granddaughters and son in law were inside King Soopers to get a COVID shot when the shooting happened.
Steven McHugh’s two granddaughters and son in law were inside King Soopers to get a COVID shot when the shooting happened.
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“They’re out now. Out the back. This is going to be pretty hard for them to live with, I think… Every city is susceptible, but there’s a way in which, I would think, well, this isn’t going to happen in Boulder. And now we know better,” he added.

Ten people — including father-of-seven Boulder police officer Eric Talley — were killed in the rampage. A suspect, who was injured, is in custody.

Crime scene investigators walk outside the entrance of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
Crime scene investigators walk outside the entrance of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
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The identities of the rest of the nine victims and the suspect have not been released.

King Soopers employees are led away from an active shooter at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder

King Soopers employees are led away from the scene of the shooting on March 22, 2021.

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Police work near a King Soopers grocery store.

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Gunman Opens Fires At Grocery Store In Boulder, Colorado

Gunman Opens Fires At Grocery Store In Boulder, Colorado

Police responding the to the mass shooting that took the lives of ten people.

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In a statement, King Soopers said: “We are horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence that occurred at our King Soopers store located on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, Colo.

“The entire King Soopers family offers our thoughts, prayers and support to our associates, customers, and the first responders who so bravely responded to this tragic situation,” it continued.

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A police officer checks cars in the area after a gunman opened fire at a King Sooper’s grocery store on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado.

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“We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and our store will remain closed during the police investigation. To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are referring questions to the Boulder Police Department.”

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