A Colorado man who shot and killed 3 people at a Walmart in Thornton, Colorado was an angry, racist loner who lived by himself with barely any furniture, but he did have 2 stacks of Christian Bibles.
To his neighbors, wrote Carol McKinley of The Daily Beast, Scott Ostrem was a “bizarre, angry man who lived alone in an apartment with a stack of Bibles and virtually no furniture.”
On Wednesday, Ostrem walked into a Walmart store, pulled out his handgun and fatally shot 3 people who were standing in line.
Marlena and Jason Fobb said they were checking out when they heard the shots. They ran to the in-store optometrists’ area and hid with five other people, including a baby.
Marlena said she peeked out and saw Ostrem striding around with a look “like the devil. He was hell-bent on killing people.”
Two male victims died at the store and a woman died after being transported to a hospital. The victims were identified as 52-year-old Pamela Marques of Denver, 66-year-old Carlos Moreno of Thornton and 26-year-old Victor Vasquez of Denver.
Some of Ostrem’s neighbors in the Littleton apartment complex where he lived simply called him “the angry man upstairs.”
Teresa Muniz said, “He never said hello. No one ever came to visit him and I thought that was strange.”
She said he was particularly hostile toward Hispanics.
“He wouldn’t say nothing to us, but he talked to the only white couple who lives here,” Muniz recalled. “I don’t understand where that hatred comes from.”
Another resident who saw inside Ostrem’s apartment during his arrest said, “There was hardly any furniture in there except a TV, a lawnchair and a table. He slept on blankets on the floor.”
There was a stack of five Bibles on the floor and five more stacked on the table, the neighbor said.
Ostrem had always been strange, Muziz said, often wearing a full karate “gi” outfit, carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows and — three times per week — lugging a heavy, Rubbermaid storage tub up and down the stairs.
“Police say Ostrem had a ‘minimal’ criminal history including a resisting arrest charge in 1999 and one for driving under the influence in 2003,” McKinley reported. “Ostrem filed for bankruptcy in 2015 after he started an electronics business that failed after a year and a half.”
(Article By James Carter)