Alleged shooter of Thornton Walmart faces judge

Elias Hubbard
November 4, 2017

Fleischmann reportedly told the judge she was not allowed to return the store to conduct that investigation.

Young said Friday that police needed time to interview people who escaped from the store uninjured but witness what happened.

Scott Ostrem, 47, who is now being represented by a public defender, answered only "yes" or "no" questions and looked towards the ground during the majority of his initial appearance.

USA federal prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against Saipov. He's expected to learn the charges he will face during that appearance, but will be held without bond in the meantime.

Young would not say whether his office will see the death penalty for Ostrem.

On Wednesday evening police say Ostrem walked into the Walmart in the largely blue-collar suburb of Thornton and opened fire, killing three people. He was arrested Thursday after a brief auto chase near his apartment, which is located about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the store.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appears to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

District Attorney Dave Young said the shooter could be facing possible attempted murder charges, as well.

Ostrem was dressed in a blue jumpsuit as he sat in between public defenders. He appeared to listen closely to the judge, leaning slightly forward in his chair placed between two public defenders and responding "yes" in a clear voice when asked if he understood his rights. At least three people identified themselves as family members of shooting victims to court staff. The prosecution had asked for more time to prepare and the defense has asked for access to the crime scene for independent evaluation. "This isn't a simple matter of one first degree murder count". Neighbors described him as a loner who often seemed angry.

Authorities have released very little information about Ostrem, who abruptly left his job as a sheet metal worker at a roofing company hours before the attack.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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