BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) – A mass shooting at a Tennessee grocery store that left one person dead and 12 others seriously injured arouses feelings for survivors of the Boulder King Soopers shooting.
On March 22, Emily Giffen, a former King Soopers employee, took a break when she heard gunshots and saw the perpetrator.
“It was very shocking, really hard to understand or comprehend,” Giffen said.
She says the shooting still affects her daily life.
“Just by walking down the street right away, I look at people’s hands. When I’m at work, it’s like I do not trust people who come in that I do not know, “said Giffen.
Giffen says the situation in Tennessee brings back the emotions she felt in the days and weeks after the Boulder shooting.
“It’s really devastating to hear because it makes me remember how scared I was and remember that I called my friends and didn’t know if they would answer,” Giffen said.
Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver also recalls the battles his city faced immediately after the shooting, and still to this day.
“It was certainly not something I had thought about how I should react,” Weaver said.
Weaver contacted Collierville’s mayor and city administrator Thursday afternoon and offered condolences and any help they might need.
“I think it’s a reminder that there are other people that we can look to for examples of what works and what doesn’t,” Weaver said. “It’s not fun being a member of the club as this happens, but at least we can lend a hand to each other.”
Part of Boulder’s healing process included setting up Boulder Strong Resource Center. The facility is now in a permanent location and offers walk-in services to everyone in the community.
“The need is changing, it’s a bit unpredictable what people need and when they need it. We plan to be here, but it fluctuates for people. What we do know is that some days are harder than others, ”said Karen Schweihs, supervisor of the Boulder Strong Resource Center.
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