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'Good guys with guns' complicate hunt for Walmart shooter in Colorado

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click to enlarge WALMART SHOOTER: After arrest of Scott Ostrem.
  • WALMART SHOOTER: After arrest of Scott Ostrem.
More guns make you safer? Here's a report from Think Progress quoting Colorado authorities about how the number of people with guns complicated the search for the man who killed three in a random shooting in  Walmart.

[Police spokesman Victor] Avila said identifying and pursuing Ostrem took around five hours, a lengthy period of time made more difficult by an unexpected hurdle: the number of Walmart shoppers who had pulled out their own guns in response to the shooting.

“Once the building was safe enough to get into it, we started reviewing that (surveillance video) as quickly as we could,” Avila said. “That’s when we started noticing that a number of individuals had pulled weapons.”

He added, “At that point, as soon as you see that, that’s the one you try to trace through the store, only to maybe find out that’s not him, and we’re back to ground zero again, starting to look again. That’s what led to the extended time.”

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