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The town of Collierville has seen "the most horrific event" in its history, Police Head says.
On Thursday an unidentified shooter opened fire in a Kroger supermarket in Collierville, Tennessee, taking the life of a man and injured 12 others. They have been taken to local hospitals, some of them are in critical condition at the moment.
UPDATE from Collierville Police: 13 injured, 1 dead in shooting at Collierville Kroger this afternoon. Counted 9 ambulances here at Regional One. Staff was staged outside and ready when victims arrived. pic.twitter.com/dzNtDLPG5U
The attacker was found dead after the incident. According to preliminary data, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The town is situated some 30 miles (48 km) away from Memphis.
The town’s police Chief Dale Lane said in a statement that a squad of police officers accompanied by SWAT was deployed to the scene where they found hiding customers and staff members, some of them in freezers.
Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane on at least 1 dead, 12 injured after âactive shooterâ situation at Kroger supermarket in Collierville, Tennessee:
âWe found people hiding in freezers they were doing what they had been trained to do: run, hide, fight.â pic.twitter.com/bSAAVtDajK
"I've been involved in this for 34 years and I've never seen a scene like this," Lane said, calling it "the most horrific event in Collierville history."
He said that he would not provide further details about the attack or the gunman due to the ongoing probe.
Police representatives announced that at least 44 employees were inside the store at the moment of the attack, while the number of customers remains unknown. The call informing about the shooting was received at 1:30 p.m.
According to local media, the deceased victim was identified as Olivia King by her family members who then made a public statement.
"Our family is devastated by this senseless act of violence. We ask that you pray for the repose of the soul of our mother, Olivia King. We also ask everyone for their prayers for all families and friends affected by the events today, as well as for God’s mercy on the shooter and his family. Thank you."
Collierville Kroger employees hugging each other tight after multiple people were shot inside the store pic.twitter.com/iD6MVNs7Ji
The supermarket announced it would be closed during the police investigation. Other institutions which have imposed lockdown following the shooting have lifted the restrictions.
Police forces have also deployed a bomb robot to examine the suspect’s car for potential explosives.
BREAKING: Police investigating Kroger shooterâs car to make sure itâs clear of any possible explosive booby traps. Weâve been told to get behind sturdy cover just in case. A bomb robot has pulled out a box inside the car. @NC5pic.twitter.com/G83ZEqLKMX