Multiple people have been injured in a Kroger shooting in Collierville, a suburb of Memphis. According to authorities, the shooter opened fire at the Kroger’s supermarket, killing one person and injuring at least 12 others before taking his own life.
The Kroger shooting occurred at around 1:30 p.m., when SWAT teams arrived going “aisle to aisle, room to room” helping people escape. The shooter’s identify has yet to be revealed by the police.
While one victim checked themselves into the hospital, reporters said that 12victims were transported to local hospitals. Some were even airlifted by helicopter.
The nearby Collierville High School was placed on lockdown due to an active shooter situation, though the gunman had unknowingly ended his own life.
Authorities are still searching the shooters car and looking for other ways to identify him, hoping to have more updates later tonight.
“Several people did get shot, some customers and employees,” said Glenda McDonald, a Kroger employee. “The only thing I heard was the gunshots.”
Brignetta Dickerson, another Kroger employee of over 32 years, said that after “he started popping that gun,” she played dead at the cash register until the incident was over. “This right here is not going to stop me from working,” she said. “I’m going to work on.”
“He kept on shooting, shooting, shooting,” Dickerson told reporters outside. “He shot one of my coworkers in the head, and then shot one of the customers in the stomach, and then my other customer got kinda like cuts from the asphalt.”
Brignetta later told reporters that she was okay, just a “little bit scared and a little bit shaky.”
“I’ve been through everything,” she said, “but this right here took the cake.”
Other employees hid in freezers, offices, and whatever they could find to stay safe. “They were doing what they had been trained to do run, hide, fight,” Police Chief Dale Lane said.
Authorities remain on the scene as the public waits for additional information and the wounded are treated.
Glenda McDonald, an employee in the store’s flower department, said that the chaos didn’t stop once people left the store. “I just ran out the door,” she said after seeing the shooter. “I left my purse, my keys, everything.”
Bruce Pates, 73, who was at a tire shop across the street in Collierville, told local reporters that he’s “never seen so many police cars, in one place, in my life.”
“The entire Kroger family offers our thoughts, prayers and support to the individuals and families of the victims during this difficult time,” the supermarket chain said in an official statement, adding that it was “deeply saddened by the incident.”
“The store will remain closed while the police investigation continues, and we have initiated counseling services for our associates,” Kroger said.
Hospitals nearby tried to take in everyone they could, but were already nearly full due to Covid-19 patients. According to The New York Times, the national guard had to be stationed outside to help with the influx of patients. Only 44 percent of Tennessee’s population has been fully vaccinated.
“Currently our system emergency departments are operating dangerously over capacity,” the hospital said. “We may be unable to provide timely care to everyone and will have to make choices about delivering care to patients based on their probability of survival.”
“The city has no surge capacity to accommodate any additional disaster or unplanned events,” the hospital said.
So far, everyone who was seriously injured as a result of the Kroger shooting has been accepted by the local Regional One Health hospital.