According to the latest news, the gunman was identified by the police as 29-year-old UK Thang, who moved to Collierville in the summer of 2020 and is a third-party supplier working inside Kroger.
According to the latest news, the Collierville Police are processing electronic evidence and crime scene vehicles and meeting with other potential witnesses in the case.
“As the police are actively investigating, details of many cases cannot be shared until the investigation is completed,” the press release added.
Police Chief Dale Lane said that when the shooting started on Thursday, 44 employees were working in the store. Kroger said that in the end, at least one person, customer Olivia King, was killed in the chaos.
The man shot and killed 10 employees and 5 customers in total.According to the press release, among the wounded, four of the victims remain in a hospital in the Memphis area in stable conditions
Lane said that the gunman was found dead, apparently he had caused the gunshot wound.
According to the latest news, officials from the town and Kroger are expected to meet in the next few days to discuss the reopening of the Kroger store and the next steps involving employee and community support.
Kroger spokesperson Teresa Dickerson said that the grocery chain is consulting store employees.
The employee hides in the refrigerator
Lane told reporters outside the store that the Collierville Communications Center received a 911 call at about 1:30 pm Central Time on Thursday, stating that Kroger had an active gunman. Lane said that when the 911 call came in, there was actually a patrol car near the store.
Brignetta Dickerson said that the shooting started in the deli area while she was working at the cash register.
“He kept shooting, shooting, shooting,” Dixon said. “He shot a colleague of mine in the head, then shot a customer in the abdomen, and then another customer of mine was cut because of asphalt.”
Dixon worked in Kroger for 32 years. She said she was okay, but she was a little scared and trembling.
When the police entered the shop, they found that someone had been shot. Lane said that the SWAT team, patrol officers and other commanders walked aisles and room by room to bring out hidden employees and help the injured victims.
He said that some people “(falling to the ground) pretending to be shot”, and an employee who ran to the roof was eventually escorted down.
Several employees were found hiding in the freezer or locked in the office. “They are doing what they are trained to do: run away, hide, fight,” Lane said.
The shooting ended within a few minutes after the police received the call, and investigators believed that the gunman shot himself “when we arrived at the scene,” Lane said.
CNN’s Jenn Selva and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.