Police Identifies Kroger Collierville Shoot-Out Gunman as 29-Year Old Vendor
The police have identified the gunman who opened fire at the Kroger supermarket in Collierville, Tennessee, on Thursday. The assailant was a 29-year old vendor of the store who had shot people and injured several of them. A 70-year old lady customer was caught in the attack and she succumbed to her injuries. She has been identified as Olivia King and is survived by three sons. The police reported that after opening fire, the gunman shot himself and died on the spot.
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In his address to the media on Friday, Dale Lane, Collierville Police Chief, informed that there were 14 others injured in the mass shooting attack that took place on Thursday afternoon. Four of them were customers and 10 were Kroger employees. The condition of some victims was critical.
Lane said that there was an investigation underway, but in the meantime, they were “getting a clearer picture” of the incident. He was highly appreciative of officers who responded to the situation immediately. He also said that the assailant shot himself to death after the officers’ response.
The chief also expressed his appreciation on how the people had run to take cover when the gunman opened fire. He praised them for their flight to safety behind closets, between grocery pallets, and in freezer boxes, and their patience until they were rescued to safety by officers. He also indicated that their actions had “prevented additional loss of lives.”
According to the news shared later by the police, the shooter was UK Thang, a 29 year-old male associated with the Kroger supermarket as a vendor. The chief said that the assailant did not have any history of crime or violence, though he was known for some violations of law. Lane said they were unsure whether he had been fired, but also revealed that some witnesses had identified him as a chef who specialized in sushi dishes and had been fired from the store earlier that day.
On Friday, the police also stated that they had cleared Kroger’s site of crime and would extend their assistance to the store until the investigations were completed and the supermarket was ready to reopen for business.
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