Yuppers, first we'll see that the Joooos did this to a nice boy, and then we'll meet our neighbour, a not so nice guy.
22-year-old Michael Julius Ford, was shot and killed during a shootout with SWAT officers inside the massive Safeway Denver Distribution Center, located near Interstate 70 and Colorado Boulevard.He shot randomly at coworkers, and when he shot SWAT officer Derick Dominguez, the other SWAT team heard Dominguez cry out, and fired back at Ford, police said.
"(Ford) was unprovoked and shot Officer Dominguez unprovoked. That's when the other officers came to Dominguez' aid and were shot at," Denver police Chief Gerry Whitman said at a Monday afternoon press conference. "They were exchanging quite a few rounds in there ... He shot at us six times and we returned fire 17 rounds. So, it was a gun battle that he started."
Who Was Michael Ford?
Ford's mother and sister told a local TV reporter that Ford wasn't the type of person to hurt anyone but that he had complained that he was being teased at work because he's a Muslim. However, police said that they couldn't find any motive for the shootings and had not heard about the possible religious conflict that his family say may have provoked the attack.
"I seen him. He was like about 20 feet away from me. He was just shooting and lighting fires. He wanted to turn the building on fire," said Safeway worker Jesus Lopez. "I just ran. Everybody just ran out."
At the family home, located about five minutes from the Safeway plant, Ford's uncle and older brother told 7NEWS that Ford is a quiet, unassuming, responsible man who was born and raised in Denver. They don't know where he got the weapon or the anger to execute the deadly shooting."I never would have expected Michael ... that this would happen to Michael," said Ford's uncle, Roy Ford. "He was a good kid, never got in trouble, never gang-related that I know, and I've known him since birth. He was always a good kid that you would love to talk to and to meet ."
"He shot (the supervisor). At that point, he started shooting everybody who was around," said Safeway employee Scott Stroman, who heard accounts of what happened through other coworkers.
Roy Ford said he saw his nephew a few days ago and that he showed no signs of anger or frustration about his employer or coworkers."
About 152 people were working at the time. Some witnessed the shots and ran for their lives. Others heard the gunfire and were told to flee by coworkers and supervisors scrambling to get outside. Some employees were trapped inside and hid in various parts of the the sprawling warehouse until SWAT officers stormed the building and found the gunman.
I'm trying to understand what happened, and what went wrong, and it's just puzzling," Roy Ford said. "The reason why we're shocked is because it doesn't seem like it was Michael. It wasn't Michael."
His family said the actions that police describe is totally against Michael's character.
"It was just a normal day when all of a sudden everyone was running out of the building. Everybody was just scared and running," Stroman said. "Everybody was hiding behind boxes, hiding behind walls, anything they can get, you know, behind to not get shot. Because this guy, he was just shooting everybody at random."
The rampage started at about 3:12 p.m. when witnesses said Ford burst in to the produce area, fired at least five shots and set several small fires.Ford wasn't the type of person to hurt anyone but that he had complained that he was being teased at work because he's a Muslim.
Ford is a quiet, unassuming, responsible man.