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Female suspect allegedly involved in Tuesday's shooting at a Broomfield Walmart identified

Posted at 12:04 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 09:11:34-05

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — The Broomfield Police Department has identified the woman allegedly involved in Tuesday's shooting at a Broomfield Walmart.

Police said they identified the suspect, whom they arrested shortly after the shooting, as 21-year-old Alyssa Borquez. She was taken to the Broomfield Detention Center and booked on charges including attempted first-degree murder, felony menacing, child abuse and reckless endangerment. She is being held on a $100,000 bond.

The male who was also involved in the shooting has not been identified as of noon Wednesday. One of the suspects had a child with them at the time of the shooting, police said. The child belongs to a family member of Borquez. The two suspects had been with a group when they entered the Walmart Tuesday, police said.

At 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, officers with the Broomfield Police Department and Westminster Police Department responded to the Broomfield Walmart located near the intersection of Sheridan Boulevard and W. 120th Avenue for a report of shots fired, said Broomfield police spokesperson Sgt. Steve Griebel.

Officers searched the scene and did not find anybody injured. They took a woman, who was later identified as Borquez, into custody at the scene.

During the investigation, police found that Borquez and a man, who has not yet been identified, had exchanged gunfire in the southwest corner of the store, near the in-store Subway.

The man fled the scene but police announced around 6:15 p.m. that he had been arrested.

Broomfield police said they believe the two people know each other, but it's not clear how. Police said they also do not believe this was a random act of violence, but rather a dispute between the two people.

"This has been a difficult day for our community, and we understand your ongoing safety concerns," Broomfield police said Tuesday around 6:30 p.m.. "Our investigators are working around the clock to gather as much information as possible."

Speaking to Denver7 late Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Broomfield Police Department said only one shot was fired, allegedly by Borquez, which did not hit anyone. The spokesperson said the believe the male suspect never fired a gun.

The spokesperson also said they are trying to track down the rest of the group involved for interviews, which could lead to more charges. None of the people involved live in Broomfield.

Resident Shawn Padilla, who was in the area, said it's a scary trend.

"How can you go shopping? How do you do anything anymore?" she said. "I mean, it's really scary. (I'm) just lucky right now I didn't go in there."

The Walmart, which is usually open 24 hours a day, reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday.