COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Two people are dead, including the shooter, and 12 people have been injured in a mass shooting Thursday afternoon at a Tennessee grocery store
The shooting happened inside the Kroger in Collierville, a Memphis suburb.
Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane confirmed 13 people were shot, and one person killed.
The suspected shooter 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 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 called it “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Collierville history.”
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.
Police said 44 employees were inside the store at the time of the shooting and all are accounted for.
A Kroger spokesperson said the company is providing counseling for employees and that the store will remain closed until further notice.
One employee, who says she’s worked at the Kroger for 32 years, told WREG she hid with her coworkers and several customers when they heard the gunshots.
Multiple ambulances were seen entering Regional One Hospital in Memphis. The hospital reported it saw nine patients, four in critical condition and five non-critical.