Shoppers at a Costco Wholesale store in Kansas City are thankful to be alive following a frighting situation over the weekend. On Sunday around 11 a.m., a man who walked into the store and brandished a gun was shot and killed.
The incident took place inside the crowded store when Ronald O. Hunt, 58, began yelling and threatening other customers with his gun. According to FOX4 Kansas City, Costco employee Ryan Vacca heard "some commotion" while working in the photo center.
"I turned and looked at the front door and saw a guy walking in - just kind of yelling and screaming," Vacca said. "One of my co-workers told me to drop, and I did."
Shoppers began fleeing toward the exits when an office duty police officer, who happened to be at the store shopping, stepped in. Cpt. Michal Howell immediately tried to subdue the man amid the frightening situation. The situation ended with shots being fired at Hunt which led to his death.
While there were no other injuries reported, some people had to be treated for panic attacks. One shopper, Nikki Lotia, shared her experience with FOX4 saying she went and hid in the pharmacy department after the crowd of customers said to get in the back of the store.
While she was hiding in the pharmacy she quietly called 911 and began texting her son, she then heard four gunshots. "It was very scary," she said. "That 45 minutes of my life. All of the time I was thinking, 'this might be my last day.'"
Lotia also went on to say she was grateful for the off-duty police officer shopping at Costco that day. "He was there right in time," she said, "and he saved everyone, and he saved my life. I'm thankful for him."
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