Collierville, Tennessee. – Gunmen attacked a grocery store in a suburban suburb of Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, killing one, injuring 12 and then dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the store, officials said. met.
Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane said a shooting had occurred at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, a community in the suburbs 30 miles (50 km) east of Memphis. He said the shooter shot himself along with 13 others, 12 of the victims were taken to hospital and some were seriously injured.
Kroger worker Brinetta Dickerson told WREG-TV that she was working at the cash register when she first heard balloons explode.
“And here he came right behind us and started shooting,” Dickerson said. “And he kept on shooting, shooting, shooting. He shot one of my friends in the head and one of my clients in the stomach.
Lane said police received a call about the shooting at around 1:30 p.m., arrived almost immediately, and found several people wounded by gunfire as they entered the building, Lane said.
He said police SWAT teams and other police officers went to the corridors and rescued the panicked people from hiding and brought them out safely. He said the archer whom he described as a man was apparently found dead in self-harm ammunition.
“We found people hiding in a locked office freezer. They were doing what they were trained for: run, hide, fight,” he said.
The identities of the shooters and victims were not immediately disclosed. Lane declined to reveal details about the suspect at a news conference Thursday evening, citing an upcoming investigation and search warrant.
“We will do as much as we can to make sure there is no credible evidence that there was a second shooter,” Lane said. I said.
“As far as we know, there was no other incident that led to this,” he said.
Employee Dickerson said a colleague in his twenties had been shot in the head and asked to notify his mother.
“I left him with a voice email saying he was speaking cautiously,” Dickerson said without immediately contacting him.
Another employee, Glenda McDonald, explained the chaotic scene to WHBQ-TV.
“I was on my way to the flower department and I heard gunshots,” she said. “It looked like it was coming from a deli, and I ran out the front door, and they already shot the front door.”
Jason Rusk, 39, was walking out of the appliance store next to Kroger when he heard a woman shouting about a shooter in the parking lot. He didn’t see the shooter, but he heard 10 to 15 continuous rounds of gunshots at the grocery store.
“They sounded right above my head,” he said, adding that he could feel the tremors of every shot and knew the weapons were powerful. He was in great danger.
“When the firing started, I jumped to the ground in front of my car, covered myself completely, panicked, tried to get into the car, and instructed me to actually hide rather than sit in the car. “He said.
Rusk said police arrived within minutes and “they gathered at the spot.” ..
In a new briefing that followed, Police Chief Lane described it as a sad day for his department.
“I’ve been involved in this for 34 years and haven’t seen anything like it,” he said.
The chief said the suspect’s car was in the store’s parking lot and remained part of the investigation. Investigators are trying to find out how the matter came to light.
“Let’s finish the investigation,” Lane said. “Remember, two hours away from the most horrific event in Collierville history.”
According to the US Census, Collierville has an increase of over 51,000 people and has a median household income of about $114, 000. Town Square in the historic area of the countryside is widely known for its boutiques and bed and breakfasts.
Earlier this year, Tennessee became the latest state to allow most adults over the age of 21 to carry a pistol without completing state-level background checks and training. The bill was signed by Republican Governor Bill Lee over objections from some law enforcement groups, and gun control advocates said the bill could lead to an increase in gun violence. I was worried.
Kroger, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has issued a statement saying it is “deeply saddened” by the shooting and is cooperating with law enforcement agencies. In 2019, the company asked its customers not to openly carry their guns when visiting the store.
A spokesperson for Kroger said the Collierville store would be closed until further notice.
Even after dawn, there was still light inside the shop, so Chrysanthemum came to the fore. The parking lot, which was completely tied up with police tape, was still packed with cars and a strong police presence. Neighboring businesses such as fast food stores and auto parts stores have been closed.
Matisse was reported by Nashville. Associated Press writer Carrie Antfinger and New York News researcher Jennifer Farrar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, contributed to this report.
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