Multiple people were injured Thursday during a shooting inside the Kroger on Byhalia and Poplar Avenue in Collierville, a Memphis suburb after a lively shooter incident officials are calling the “most horrific event” within the town’s history. Collierville captain Dale Lane confirmed 13 people were shot, and one person killed. The suspected shooter is also dead, possibly from a self-inflicted gunshot, Lane said. A loved one and a Collierville alderman have identified one among the victims as Olivia King.
The suspect’s vehicle remains parked and is being investigated. Sources say the suspect was a subcontractor who did add the store’s deli department. Lane said officers entered the shop just after 1:30 and located multiple people shot, and employees doggo. He couldn’t discuss whether the shooter was an employee, saying it had been under investigation. Lane called it “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Collierville history.” Multiple witnesses report hearing a minimum of a dozen shots. Some customers made it out of the shop. Employees had others take shelter within the cooler, witnesses said.
One employee named Brignetta Dickerson, who says she’s worked at Kroger for 32 years, told WREG she hid together with her coworkers and a number of other customers once they heard the gunshots. She said her only concern was her customers and coworkers. “I’m still in shock immediately,” said Dickerson. “But I used to be calm. I used to be calm and told the purchasers and my co-workers ‘Just sit down and relax. You’ll be okay.’” Jean Kurzawski said she worked within the back of the Kroger and heard noises toward the front door. She thought balloons were popping initially until she saw customers running. She escaped out a back exit and said she heard gunshots continuing behind her.
“I was just thinking, oh I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die, he’s gonna shoot me,” she said. Collierville highschool was briefly sheltering in situ . 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.