Thursday, October 21

Police: Grocery store gunman was vendor, didn’t have target

CORRECTS SOURCE TO THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL – Police respond to the scene of a shooting at a Kroger’s grocery store in Colliersville, Tenn., on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal via AP) JOE RONDONE AP

COLLIERVILLE, TENN.

A gunman who killed one person and wounded 14 others in a Tennessee grocery store did not appear to target anyone specifically as he rampaged through the building on a sunny Thursday afternoon, police said. The entire shooting was over within minutes as first responders swarmed the scene.

On Friday, some of the wounded were still in critical condition and fighting for their lives, Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane said at a morning news conference.

Still, the outcome could have been worse, he said. The shooter, a “third-party vendor” who police said worked at the store on a daily basis, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound within a couple of minutes of police arriving at the Kroger in the upscale suburb outside of Memphis.

The gunman, who Lane said acted alone, was later identified by Major David Townsend as UK Thang. Police searched his home Thursday and removed electronic devices, Lane said.

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