The man accused of three shooting deaths inside a Colorado Walmart is facing new attempted murder charges, in addition to first-degree murder charges, a prosecutor said Friday.
Scott Ostrem, 47, is being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, a charge that can lead to life without parole or a death sentence. Prosecutors are expected to formally file charges on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
Adams County District Attorney Dave Young said the additional possible charges are being considered because of the presence of dozens of people inside the suburban Denver store when Ostrem allegedly walked in and opened fire on Nov 1.
“There’s going to be several counts of attempted murder and we’re talking about many, many people,” Young said after Ostrem made his first court appearance since the shootings. “We’re not talking 3 or 4 people. And we’ve got to identify those individuals. They’re victims of a crime.”
Prosecutors declined to comment about a motive for the shooting and whether hate crime charges were being considered.
Ostrem is accused of walking into the Walmart in Thornton, about 10 miles north of Denver, and fatally shooting two men and a woman.
He was arrested Thursday after a brief car chase near his apartment five miles from the store.
Authorities have not said what kind of gun or guns Ostrem fired and have declined comment on whether they recovered any weapons in their investigation.
The victims are Pamela Marques, 52, a mother and grandmother from Denver; Carlos Moreno, 66, a grandfather and maintenance worker from Thornton; and Victor Vasquez, 26, of Denver, who had two young daughters and a third child on the way, according to a GoFundMe page set up to collect donations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.