October 16, 2021

Global News Archive

News archives from around the world.

Collierville police: 13 people shot, 2 dead in Kroger shooting. Shooter dead after self-inflicted gunshot wound – Commercial Appeal

5 min read

Thirteen people were shot, two are dead in what Police Chief Dale Lane called “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Collierville history.”

One of the two dead is the shooter, who died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lane said.

Law enforcement are still working some active scenes, including waiting on equipment to search the shooter’s car and some property of the shooter.

Part of the ongoing investigation is the shooter’s connection to Kroger, Lane said.

“It’s with a broken heart that I have to stand before you today,” Lane said. “Please keep the families in your prayers.”

Dispatchers received the call of an active shooter situation at the Kroger located at 240 New Byhalia Rd. at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The first police car arrived on scene at 1:34, Lane said, and officers began clearing the Kroger, aisle to aisle and room to room.

Lane said he did not know how many people were in the store at the time of the shooting, but that there were quite a few witnesses.

We found people hiding in freezers and in locked offices,” Lane said. “They were doing what they had been trained to do. Run, hide, fight. I hate that we had to do it here.”

One Kroger employee was rescued from the roof, he said.

Lane would not describe what kind of weapon the shooter had.

At about 3:40 p.m., a spokesperson from Regional One Health said the hospital had received nine patients related to the shooting. Four of those patients were in critical condition.

WITNESS ACCOUNTS:Witnesses describe fleeing deadly shooting at Collierville Kroger. Others await word from loved ones.

LATEST UPDATES:What we know about the Collierville Kroger shooting: 4 victims in critical condition

LEADERS RESPOND:Local leaders offer prayers, thanks to first responders after deadly Collierville shooting

A spokesperson for the Baptist Memorial Health Care system said one person had been brought to a Baptist hospital in relation to the Collierville shooting. A Methodist Le Bonheur spokesperson said the hospital received two patients related to the shooting. One was immediately rushed to surgery, the other was in stable condition, as of 4:20 p.m.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has no patients in the hospital from the scene and is not aware of any patients planning to arrive, spokesperson David Henson told The Commercial Appeal at 2:30pm.

The Memphis Police Department assisted with securing the perimeter and scene, the department said on social media. Germantown City Administrator Patrick Lawton said Germantown fire and police department personnel had also been deployed to assist in Collierville.

A shelter-in-place on all Collierville Schools was lifted under consultation from the Collierville Police Department that the scene is secure. The schools are proceeding with normal operations of dismissal.

Kroger could not immediately be reached for comment. 

Glenda McDonald, who works in Kroger’s floral department, said she was not injured but was shaken.

McDonald said she walked out of the back office to the floral counter when she heard something that sounded like a gunshot.

“I just ran out the door,” McDonald said. “I left my purse, my keys, everything.”

She said she is not sure how many people were injured, but she believed she saw a bagger and some customers get shot before fleeing. 

Manny Reis, 49, was driving down Poplar just as police began to arrive on the scene:

“Tons and tons of cop cars flying towards the back entrance of the Kroger on the street that runs behind it and they blocked it all off, and then they’re all opening up their trunks and grabbing shotguns. And then they all started swarming around,” Reis said.

Outside of the Kroger he said he saw someone without a shirt that was carried away by four paramedics on the scene. 

“There were some people out. There was somebody without a shirt on,” Reis said. “So I don’t know if that person got injured, was shot I don’t know. I know at one point I did see them basically, like four people go over to that person and pick that person up and carry them away from that area.”

He also said that they grabbed him by each of his limbs to carry him away.

Laura Tubbs, 34,  was waiting in a parking lot across the street from the grocery store. She said her husband is the pharmacy manager and that she was working in her job as a teacher at a preschool about 1:41 p.m. when he sent her a text message that said “I’m OK.”

She said at the the time, she didn’t know why he would say that, and she didn’t respond. Then someone alerted her to the news of the shooting.

At about 4:40 p.m., she was in the parking lot waiting for him, standing up on tiptoe to see better. He’d told her by phone that he got the pharmacy employees out, and that he was in disbelief when he heard the shots, she said.

“You don’t expect these kinds of things to happen in Collierville,” she said. (Collierville is a prosperous community with a low crime rate.)

“I’m so thankful to God that he is OK.”

And he had told her by phone that he was walking over now, from near ATC Fitness.

It seemed to take a long time. 

“There he is,” she said.

Her husband, dressed in blue scrubs and sunglasses, crossed the street and walked up to her. They hugged for several seconds.

Her husband said he couldn’t talk about what had happened. “Sorry man, I’m not allowed to say anything.”

Sarah McDowell, 26, stood near the crime scene tape. She looked worried.

“I heard that there was an active shooter and my mom works here. it’s been an hour and a half and I still don’t know where she is.”

She said her mother is not answering her cellphone.

She said her mother works in the Kroger meat department. “My mom is really kind. Everybody that works with her loves her. She’s like a mom to everyone.” 

Tamika Johnson, 38, was likewise at the crime scene tape waiting for news about a relative: her aunt, who is about 69 years old and works at Kroger – she said her mother told her she works in the deli department. “I’m out here today to check on my aunt to make sure she was not in the store at the time of the shooting.” She said relatives have not been able to reach her aunt and her mother was calling Regional One to see if she had been brought there. She said her aunt is the first lady, or pastor’s wife, at a COGIC church and organizes holiday food donations for needy families. “She’s dedicated to the community. She loves people.”

She said the situation is a reminder of the unpredictability of life. 

“You know, sometimes we wake up in the morning and we just don’t know what we’re going to be in, what we’re encountered to go through that day.

“I know nobody at this Kroger thought that this would be this day right here, that your life flash before your eyes… so I can only imagine how these folks are traumatized right now.”

Source Link

Leave a Reply

Copyright ©2016-2021 Global News Archive. All rights reserved.