2 dead, at least 12 injured in shooting at Kroger grocery store in Tennessee

Written by on September 23, 2021

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Kroger capturing: 1 useless, 12 injured, gunman kills self in Tennessee

“We discovered folks hiding in freezers and in locked workplaces,” Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane mentioned.

Employees video, USA TODAY

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — A gunman killed a minimum of 1 particular person and wounded a minimum of 12 others Thursday at a Kroger grocery earlier than dying from what gave the impression to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities mentioned. 

The capturing was reported Thursday afternoon at about 1:30 p.m. CDT on the Kroger within the city of Collierville, about 30 miles east of Memphis. Terrified grocery customers ran from the constructing amid gunshots fired inside, in response to survivors and eyewitnesses. 

“We discovered folks hiding in freezers and in locked workplaces,” Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane mentioned. “They had been doing what they’d been skilled to do. Run, disguise, combat.”

One worker was extracted from the roof of the shop, Lane mentioned.

No less than 4 victims are in vital situation, in response to a spokesperson from Regional One Well being.

“It is horrific. We hate that it occurred, however this is among the most resilient communities in America and probably the greatest police departments,” Lane mentioned.

The grocery retailer sits in a strip mall close to a Wendy’s and a Walgreens, throughout from Corky’s Ribs and BBQ. Forty-four staff had been within the retailer when the capturing began, police mentioned.

Collierville is a rising suburb of greater than 51,000 folks with a median family revenue of about $114,000, in response to U.S. census figures. Set in a rural and historic space, the city sq. has largely turn into identified for its boutiques and mattress and breakfasts.

Glenda McDonald, who works in Kroger’s floral division, mentioned she was not injured, however shaken.

McDonald mentioned she walked out of the again workplace to the floral counter when she heard one thing that seemed like a gunshot.

“I simply ran out the door,” McDonald mentioned. “I left my purse, my keys, every little thing.”

She mentioned she shouldn’t be certain how many individuals had been injured, however she believed she noticed a bagger and a few prospects get shot earlier than fleeing. 

Cheryl Pagliaro, of Saulsbury, Tennessee, was gathering groceries when she heard what she first thought was a balloon go “pop.” No less than 12 extra pops adopted.

“Oh no, these are gunshots,” Brignetta Dickerson, a cashier of greater than three many years, recalled. She, too, thought the primary noise was a balloon. The shooter adopted her and a group of staff and prospects by means of the shop. One coworker was shot within the head, and a buyer was shot within the abdomen, she mentioned.

Pagliaro was working. “Energetic shooter! Energetic shooter!” Pagliaro shouted to folks alongside her path to a close-by gymnasium.

The Memphis Police Division was on the scene, in response to its social media. 

Kroger, which has almost 2,800 shops nationwide, has tried in recent times to reduce potential gun violence in its shops. In 2019, the chain introduced it could prohibit the open carry of firearms in its shops. It is the nation’s largest grocery store chain by way of income.

“All the Kroger household provides our ideas, prayers and assist to the people and households of the victims throughout this troublesome time,” Kroger mentioned in an announcement.

The corporate mentioned the shop will stay closed whereas the investigation continues, and staff are being supplied counseling companies.

The capturing in Tennessee comes six months after a gunman killed 10 folks at a Boulder, Colorado capturing in a grocery store. The victims of the capturing at King Soopers, a part of Kroger, included a police officer responding to the scene. 

“This should cease,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tweeted on Thursday.

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