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After ten people were killed in Colorado, the state has been the new victim of a mass shooting.

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After ten people were killed in Colorado, the state has been the new victim of a mass shooting.
After ten people were killed in Colorado, the state has been the new victim of a mass shooting.

After ten people were killed in Colorado, the state has been the new victim of a mass shooting.

 

A shooting at a crowded Colorado supermarket that killed ten people, including the first police officer on the scene, terrified shoppers and staff and shocked a state that has seen many mass shootings. Authorities confirmed that one suspect had been apprehended.

Hundreds of officers from around the Denver metro area responded to the attack on a King Soopers supermarket in a busy shopping plaza in southern Boulder on Monday afternoon. SWAT officers with protective shields entered the store cautiously, while others immediately escorted scared customers away from the broken glass. Customers and workers took refuge in a back loading dock. Others sought shelter in nearby stores.

A tearful Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold announced late Monday that one suspect had been apprehended. The suspect was not identified by authorities, but Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said he was the only one injured and was being treated.

During the siege, officers escorted a shirtless man in handcuffs from the shop, blood streaming down his leg. Authorities refused to state whether he was the perpetrator. Foothills Hospital in Boulder was treating one victim of the shooting but declined to comment further, according to Rich Sheehan, a spokesperson for Boulder Community Health, the hospital’s operator.

“For Boulder County, this is a disaster and a nightmare,” Dougherty said. “These were people going about their business, doing their shopping,” says the narrator. I assure the victims and the citizens of Colorado that justice will be served.”

Eric Talley, 51, had been with Boulder police since 2010. Herold named the slain officer as Eric Talley. After responding to a call about shots fired and someone holding a rifle, he was the first to arrive, she said.

“He was one of the best officers in the Boulder Police Department by all accounts, and his life was cut far too short,” Dougherty said.

After nightfall, scores of police and rescue vehicles followed an ambulance carrying the officer away from the shooting site, their lights flashing. Some residents saluted by standing along the route with their arms raised.

The identities of the other nine victims were withheld while police notified their families.

Dougherty said it was too early to speculate about a motive and that the investigation, which would include local, state, and federal agencies, would take several days.

The assault in Boulder, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Denver and home to the University of Colorado, shocked a state that had previously experienced mass shootings such as the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting.

According to a database collected by The Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University, Monday’s midafternoon attack was the seventh mass killing in the United States this year, following the March 16 shooting that left eight people dead at three Atlanta-area massage businesses.

According to the database, which monitors mass killings identified as four or more dead, not including the gunman, there was a lull in mass killings during the pandemic in 2020, with the fewest such attacks in more than a decade.

As Dean Schiller heard gunshots, he said he had just left the store. He saw three boys, one in a doorway and the other two in the parking lot, lying face down. Schiller said that he was unable to determine whether or not they were breathing.

When Sarah Moonshadow and her son, Nicolas Edwards, heard gunshots, they had just purchased strawberries. They ducked and “just ran,” Moonshadow told The Denver Post. Outside, arriving officers, according to Edwards, pulled up next to a body in the parking lot.

He admitted, “I knew we couldn’t do anything for the man.” “We had no choice but to leave.”

One individual was seen on the floor inside the store and two more outside on the ground in a video posted to YouTube. At the start of the video, you can hear what sounds like two gunshots.

Investigators had just recently begun digging through the crime scene and interviewing witnesses, according to Dougherty. The investigation will be supported by “the full weight of federal law enforcement,” according to Matthew Kirsch, the acting US attorney for Colorado. Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as FBI agents, were at the crime scene, he said.

President Joe Biden had been briefed on the incident, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. Meanwhile, Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement saying, “Today we saw the face of evil.” I’m mourning for my neighbors and all Coloradans.” In a statement, the King Soopers chain said it was sending prayers and help to “our employees, customers, and first responders who so bravely responded to this terrible situation.”

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Kirill Kaprizov steps up to get Wild hard-fought point against Avalanche

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DENVER — The thing about star players is they tend to show up when their team needs them most. That’s what winger Kirill Kaprizov did for the Wild on Monday afternoon at Ball Arena.

After a controversial call gave the Colorado Avalanche the lead late in the game, the 24-year-old Russian promptly tied the score 3-3 to help the Wild force overtime. When they fell behind, there was no sulking on the bench from Kaprizov and his teammates, no feeling sorry for themselves.

Instead, the Wild responded with arguably their best shift of the game, earned an offensive zone draw in the process, and Kaprizov scored seconds after Ryan Hartman won the faceoff.

“I felt like my head was going pop off,” Wild coach Dean Evason said, crediting his team for its response after the Avalanche took the lead in the third period. “They held their composure. We yelled a few times and caught ourselves as a team. Things could go real sideways, and they didn’t.”

Though the Wild ultimately lost 4-3 in a shootout, the fact that they got a point out of the matinee felt like a win.

“I’m very, very proud of the way we competed,” Evason said. “If that could ended in a tie, that would have been better. But we did enough things to have success.”

Not surprisingly, Kaprizov was at the epicenter of the Wild comeback, scoring a pair of tying goals in the final 20 minutes. He always seems to shine brighter when the spotlight is on him.

“He’s on a mission every time he goes out there,” winger Jordan Greenway said. “When it comes down to the end, and there’s a little more pressure, he steps up, for sure. He’s been doing really good for us.”

Asked why he’s so effective in winning time, Kaprizov made it sound like it’s no big deal, replying, “You just focus more and play better in those situations.” That answer is actually fitting  considering how easy he makes the game look at times.

If Kaprizov was the Wild’s star on Monday, goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen and winger Kevin Fiala deserve credit as best supporting actors. They helped keep the Wild in the game when it could have gone the other way in a hurry.

With starting goaltender Cam Talbot still out with a lower-body injury, Kahkonen got the nod once again for the Wild, and he continued to shine between the pipes.

While he allowed a pair of goals in the first period, those were largely due to the Wild taking a couple of careless penalties in succession.

Less than 30 seconds into the 5-on-3, winger Mikko Rantanen collected a loose puck on the doorstep, and promptly put the Avalanche up 1-0. Then, a couple of minutes later, rookie center Alex Newhook extended the Avalanche lead to 2-0 with a blast from the slot.

“You have to try and stay out of the penalty box as much as you can against these guys,” Kahkonen said. “We know that, and I think from then on, we did a good job of playing hard and playing the right way.”

After catching their breath at intermission, the Wild started the second period with a flurry, getting a goal from Fiala roughly 30 seconds in to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The tenor of the game changed midway through the second period when Greenway inadvertently made contact with goaltender Darcy Kuemper in the crease. While he initially stayed in the game, Kuemper left shortly thereafter in favor of backup goaltender Pavel Francouz.

“I haven’t looked at it,” Greenway said. “I think he was maybe out of the crease a little bit. I didn’t even really try to intentionally give it to him. I just skated through and ended up clipping him.”

Regardless of intention, Kuemper did not return to the game, and the Wild took advantage by peppering Francouz with shot after shot. It paid dividends early in the third period when Kaprizov finished off a pass from winger Mats Zuccarello to tie the score 2-2.

That set the stage for some controversy in the final minutes as MacKinnon scored to put the Avalanche in front 3-2. It was initially ruled no goal on the ice, and while replay never actually showed the puck crossing the goal line, the officials seemingly used logic to overturn the original call.

Though the Wild clearly did not agree with the officials, they used their frustration as fuel, and Kaprizov tied the score 3-3 less than a minute later. He launched himself full speed into the glass after scoring the goal, clearly excited to be a part of the

“It was good,” said Kaprizov, who admitted he wasn’t happy with his play in the first two periods of the game. “I was really excited to get those.”

Neither team scored in overtime, then in the shootout, Zuccarello, Fiala, and Kaprizov failed to score for the Wild. Still, the Wild walked away with their heads held high as they boarded the team charter back to Minnesota.

Asked if he was impressed with the way his team forced overtime in the end, Fiala replied, “Not impressed because I know my team.” He added that the Wild had no doubt on the bench that they could tie the game.

“We never quit no matter what,” Fiala said. “That’s a great thing about us.”

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Thousands gather as Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Marade returns to the streets after last year’s pandemic disruption

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Wearing a purple shirt bearing the message “Proud of the Skin I’m In,” Denver resident Berlyn Borne carried two signs with her to the Martin Luther King Jr. Marade, including a framed drawing of King alongside Malcolm X and athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, fists aloft in their iconic pose from the 1968 Olympics.

“This one I bring every year,” she said.

Borne’s been attending the Denver Marade — in-person once again Monday after going virtual last year due to the pandemic — for about 25 years, and said she used to bring her two children when they were younger. But now that they’re 26 and 28, she takes pictures and video of the Marade to send back to them in Georgia, where they now live.

“Everybody can be a part of this,” she said, adding that she hopes the community gets involved just as people did during the civil rights movement. “We still need that same drive today, and take the same action that they took.”

Thousands of people gathered in Denver to honor King’s legacy and participate in the 37th annual march and parade along Colfax Avenue from City Park to Civic Center downtown.

Holding her 5-year-old daughter Lucille Jacobs, Emily Lay, who recently moved to the Denver area from Texas, said it felt “a little surreal” to be surrounded by so many people.

When asked what the day represents to her, Lay said, “My daughter is biracial. So it represents a world where she can be herself and not have to worry about any of the things that we had to worry about in the time of Martin Luther King Jr.”

The day’s events began at City Park, where a memorial statue of King stands, and local speakers and politicians reflected on the slain civil rights leader’s work and the progress that still has to be made.

“We have gone backwards, and as a generation, we have dropped the ball,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, noting that legislation passed in 19 states to restrict voting access shows his generation has dropped the baton from the previous generation.

“I have a dream today that you pick up that baton as you walk down Colfax Avenue today, and you realize the power of that baton that was handed off to us,” Hancock said.

Other Colorado elected officials at the event, including U.S. Sens. Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper, shared a similar message about the importance of protecting voting rights, especially as the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on Democratic-sponsored legislation meant to counter Republican-led voting restrictions at the state level.

“This is a huge fight that we’re in right now. It’s a fight for our democracy,” Bennett said.

Keynote speakers included former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, who, while in the statehouse, repeatedly introduced legislation to establish an official Colorado holiday in King’s honor, and his wife and former state Rep. Wilma Webb, who successfully got legislation passed to create the state holiday in 1984.

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Las Vegas Raiders become the 4th NFL team searching for a GM after firing Mike Mayock. Here’s the latest in the NFL’s firing and hiring cycle.

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The Houston Texans fired coach David Culley, and a Chicago Bears coordinator has an interview with another team. Here’s the latest in the NFL’s firing and hiring cycle.

Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes beginning around the league.

A week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans were searching for new head coaches and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Las Vegas Raiders were searching for new general managers.

The Bears had requested interviews with at least 15 GM candidates and 10 coaching candidates.

As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves.

Monday

The Las Vegas Raiders fired general manager Mike Mayock, the team announced.

The scoop: Mayock was the Raiders GM for three seasons, and his teams went 25-24, including 10-7 in 2021. The decision comes a day after a 26-19 playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Raiders’ only postseason appearance in Mayock’s tenure. Mayock previously was a draft analyst with NFL Network and a TV announcer. Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned in October after some of Gruden’s old emails containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic language surfaced. Interim coach Rich Bisaccia led the team to a 7-5 record the rest of the way. The Raiders are interviewing candidates for GM and coach, though they haven’t announced what Bisaccia’s future is with the team.

Thursday

The Houston Texans fired coach David Culley after one season.

The scoop: The Texans finished 4-13 in the only season under Culley, 66, a longtime NFL assistant in his first job as a head coach. The Texans were playing without Deshaun Watson amid allegations of sexual assault against the quarterback. Week 1 starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor played in only six games because of injury, and the Texans turned to rookie Davis Mills to start 11 games.

Since 1994, Culley has been a wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, with which he was also the assistant head coach, a quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills and the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach/pass game coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Carolina Panthers are interviewing Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, according to ESPN.

The scoop: Tabor was the Bears special teams coordinator for all four seasons under Matt Nagy, and he served as interim head coach for one game in 2021 when Nagy had COVID-19. He previously was the Cleveland Brown special teams coordinator for seven seasons, spanning multiple head coaches.

Wednesday

The Chicago Bears added two more names to their general manager interview pool.

The scoop: The Bears have requested an interview with Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan and New England Patriots senior consultant Eliot Wolf, ESPN reported. Khan had GM interviews last year with the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. Wolf, the son of former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf, has worked with the Packers, the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.

Here are the updated candidate lists:

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Jan. 11

The Chicago Bears list of requested interviews has reached at least 8 general manager candidates and 9 coaching candidates.

The scoop: Recently fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores was a big name to pop up in a lengthy list of candidates the Bears have contacted about interviews.

NFL Network reported the Bears set up the interview with Flores, who went 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins. His last two seasons were winning ones, but the Dolphins didn’t make the playoffs.

Here are the other coaching candidates who reportedly have been requested:

Former Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is among the biggest names to be expected to interview with the Bears. Here’s a list of others:

The New York Giants fired coach Joe Judge after two seasons.

The scoop: In his first NFL head coaching stint, Judge, 40, went 10-23, including 4-13 in 2021. Playing without quarterback Daniel Jones down the stretch, the Giants lost their final six games by a combined score of 163-56. After the 29-3 loss to the Bears in Week 17, Judge went on an 11-minute rant defending his team while talking to the media.

It is the second big Giants move in two days after general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement Monday. With Judge out, there are now seven NFL head coaching jobs open.

Jan. 10

The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

The scoop: Pace is out in Chicago after seven seasons during which his teams went 48-65, qualified for the postseason twice and failed to record a playoff victory. In his first NFL head coaching stint, Nagy finished 34-31 with two playoff losses over four seasons.

The Bears never found the right fit between Nagy and a quarterback during his tenure , running through Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Nagy’s offense remained stuck in the bottom third of the league in many categories . The Bears finished 6-11 this season.

The Bears have reached out to former Eagles coach Doug Pederson to schedule an interview for their head coaching role, according to a league source. An ESPN report also indicated the Bears have requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the job. The team, according to NFL Network, has also requested to speak with Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown for the GM opening.

The Minnesota Vikings fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer

The scoop: Spielman was with the Vikings since 2006, first as the vice president of player personnel and then as the general manager since 2012. In that time, the Vikings went 132-123-2 with six playoff appearances.

Zimmer, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator, became the Vikings head coach in 2014. He led three seasons of 10 or more wins, three playoff appearances and two playoff victories. The Vikings finished 8-9 after a victory over the Bears on Sunday.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement after four seasons in that role.

The scoop: In 2018, Gettleman became the general manager in an organization where he had spent 13 years previously in front office roles. But his efforts to resuscitate the franchise failed with the Giants experiencing their worst four-year stretch of losing in team history.

The Giants went 19-46 under Gettleman’s watch, including a 4-13 faceplant this season during which the offense finished last in the NFC in both total yardage and scoring. Gettleman announced his retirement Monday but may have been fired if he hadn’t. The future of coach Joe Judge remains uncertain and may hinge on what happens with their intensifying GM search.

The Miami Dolphins fired coach Brian Flores after three seasons.

The scoop: Flores was fired in his third season despite posting back-to-back winning seasons. The Dolphins were 5-11 in his first year, 10-6 in 2020 and 9-8 this season, but they didn’t make the playoffs in his tenure.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement saying he “determined that key dynamics of our football organization weren’t functioning at a level I want it to be and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins.” General manager Chris Grier will remain with the team in his current role, ESPN reported.

Jan. 9

The Denver Broncos have fired head coach Vic Fangio after three seasons.

The scoop: Fangio didn’t record a winning season in his three in Denver. He finished 19-30 in his first stint as an NFL head coach, including 7-10 this season. Fangio, 63, was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for 19 seasons, including four in Chicago, before he joined the Broncos in 2019.

Fangio’s defense this season ranked in the top 10 in yards and points allowed. But the Broncos offense didn’t produce well enough under Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock, the latest in a revolving door of quarterbacks in Denver recent years.

Dec. 30-Jan. 7

The Jaguars have conducted at least five interviews to replace Urban Meyer.

The scoop: The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on Dec. 16 after just 13 games with the team.

The team already has gotten deep into their search to replace him, reportedly interviewing former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Read more of our coverage from Black Monday and beyond.

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