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Tennessee grocery shooter kills 1, injures 12

18:34, 24 September 2021
Tennessee grocery shooter kills 1, injures 12 Photo: San Antonio Express-News/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

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.

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.

"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."

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.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said on Twitter that the state’s forces provide aid to local officers.