Thirteen people were injured and one person was killed after a shooting broke out at a Memphis, Tennessee suburb grocery store Thursday afternoon. The shooting took place in the Kroger grocery store at 240 New Byhalia Road in Collierville, Tennessee.
According to WREG Memphis, multiple witnesses report hearing at least a dozen shots. Some customers made it out of the store. Employees had others take shelter in the cooler, witnesses said.
Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane confirmed 13 people were shot, and one person killed. The suspected shooter also is dead, possibly from a self-inflicted gunshot, Lane said.
The suspect’s vehicle is still parked and is being investigated.
Lane said officers entered the store just after 1:30 p.m. and found multiple people shot, and employees in hiding. He could not comment on whether the shooter was an employee, saying it was under investigation.
Lane said officers and a SWAT team entered the grocery store going aisle to aisle to rescue employees – some of whom were hiding in the freezer.
Lane called it “the most horrific event that occurred in Collierville history.”
Collierville High School was put on lockdown amid the shooting but that has since been lifted.
According to multiple on-the-ground reporters, ambulances were seen entering Regional One Hospital in Memphis. The hospital reported it saw nine patients, four in critical condition and five non-critical.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were on scene, including the Memphis Police Department who helped secure the perimeter. The ATF and FBI were also assisting with the investigation.
Memphis Police Officers are on the scene of a shooting at Kroger located at 240 New Byhalia Road in Collierville, TN to support Collierville PD. MPD is assisting with securing the perimeter and scene.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 23, 2021
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn has commented on the shooting, writing on Twitter, “Our office has been in contact with ATF, TBI, and local authorities on the ground, and we are closely monitoring the situation in Collierville. We are praying for all of the victims.”
Our office has been in contact with ATF, TBI, and local authorities on the ground, and we are closely monitoring the situation in Collierville. We are praying for all of the victims.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) September 23, 2021
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