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Multiple people injured in mass shooting at Kroger store in Memphis

One person has been killed and 12 others were wounded in a mass shooting at a supermarket in the Memphis, Tennessee region on Thursday. 

The shooter killed himself after the rampage, according to authorities. Several store employees hid in freezers and locked closets during the horror. 

As of 4pm local time, four people were listed in critical condition at Regional One Hospital. Five were in non-critical condition. 

The shooting took place at a Kroger in Collierville, a suburb just east of Memphis, according to Fox 13 TV.

SWAT team officers arrived on the scene and went aisle to aisle in search of the shooter, according to police. 

The Collierville chief of police said the department received a report of an active shooter at 1:30pm. The first officers arrived on the scene four minutes later.

Police respond to the scene of a shooting at a Kroger’s grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee on Thursday

One person has been killed and 12 others were wounded in a mass shooting at the supermarket

One person has been killed and 12 others were wounded in a mass shooting at the supermarket

People embrace as police respond to the scene of the shooting in suburban Memphis

People embrace as police respond to the scene of the shooting in suburban Memphis

A Kroger employee appears to be overcome with emotion as she talks on a cell phone in the parking lot of the supermarket after Thursday's mass shooting

A Kroger employee appears to be overcome with emotion as she talks on a cell phone in the parking lot of the supermarket after Thursday’s mass shooting

A SWAT team officer is seen outside of the Kroger in Collierville, Tennessee on Thursday

A SWAT team officer is seen outside of the Kroger in Collierville, Tennessee on Thursday

A woman uses a cellphone in the parking lot as police respond to a shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee

A woman uses a cellphone in the parking lot as police respond to a shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee

After the store was secure and the shooter confirmed dead, police searching the store parking lot were still investigating the shooter’s car as well as personal equipment that is believed to have belonged to him. 

Brignetta Dickerson, a Kroger employee for 32 years, said she was at the cash register when she heard gunshots. She said she played dead in order to avoid being seen by the gunman.

‘He started popping that gun,’ she told WREG-TV.

‘It sounded a bit like a balloon popping. Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap — just like that.’

Dickerson also said she saw a male colleague get shot in the head. He was still able to talk, she said.

‘This right here is not going to stop me from working,’ she said.

‘I’m going to work on.’ 

‘This is the most horrific event to happen in Collierville history,’ Collierville Chief of Police Dale Lane said afterward. 

‘This scene is horrific, I’ve been involved in this for 34 years and never seen anything like it.’  

Several witnesses reported hearing at least a dozen gunshots. 

A number of customers fled the store while employees too shelter in the freezer, according to reports. 

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance outside of the Kroger supermarket in Collierville

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance outside of the Kroger supermarket in Collierville 

A massive presence of law enforcement officials was seen at the Kroger supermarket in Collierville, Tennessee on Thursday

A massive presence of law enforcement officials was seen at the Kroger supermarket in Collierville, Tennessee on Thursday

A Memphis Fire Department vehicle is seen above at the scene in Collierville

A Memphis Fire Department vehicle is seen above at the scene in Collierville 

SWAT team officers helped the employees run to safety. A Kroger employee who escaped to the roof was rescued by responding officers, according to police.

A Fox 13 TV reporter witnessed three victims on the ground, though their condition is not known. 

Two medical helicopters were in the area to evacuate victims, according to witnesses.

The shooting was reported at the Kroger supermarket on Byhalia and Poplar Avenue in Collierville.  

The Collierville chief of police said the department received a report of an active shooter at 1:30pm

The Collierville chief of police said the department received a report of an active shooter at 1:30pm

A row of police cars is seen near the Kroger supermarket in Collierville on Thursday

A row of police cars is seen near the Kroger supermarket in Collierville on Thursday

The ATF is heading to the scene and will be helping with the investigation. The Memphis Police Department has also sent personnel to assist with the probe

The ATF is heading to the scene and will be helping with the investigation. The Memphis Police Department has also sent personnel to assist with the probe

First responders have arrived at the scene. Several individuals have been rushed to the hospital, WMC-TV reported.

Glenda McDonald, a Kroger employee who works in the store’s floral department, said she was not injured but was shaken.

McDonald said she walked out of the back office to the floral counter when she heard a loud noise that sounded similar to a gunshot.

‘I just ran out the door,’ McDonald said. ‘I left my purse, my keys, everything.’ 

Schools in the region were placed on lockdown.  

Parents of students at Collierville High School received a message indicating that there was a shooting off-campus. 

A lockdown was announced but it has since been lifted.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were at the scene to help with the investigation. 

The Memphis Police Department has also sent personnel to assist with the probe. 

Manny Reis, 49, was driving down Poplar Avenue when he saw several police cars arrive.

‘Tons and tons of cop cars flying towards the back entrance of the Kroger on the street that runs behind it and they blocked it all off, and then they’re all opening up their trunks and grabbing shotguns,’ Reis told Memphis Commercial Appeal

‘And then they all started swarming around.’ 

Reis said he witnessed four paramedics carrying away someone without a shirt.

‘There were some people out. There was somebody without a shirt on,’ Reis said. 

‘So I don’t know if that person got injured, was shot I don’t know.  

Kroger employees are seen outside of the store after the mass shooting on Thursday

Kroger employees are seen outside of the store after the mass shooting on Thursday

Law enforcement officials and Kroger employees are seen in the parking lot outside of the supermarket in Collierville on Thursday

Law enforcement officials and Kroger employees are seen in the parking lot outside of the supermarket in Collierville on Thursday

Police officers investigate the crime scene outside the Kroger supermarket in Collierville on Thursday

Police officers investigate the crime scene outside the Kroger supermarket in Collierville on Thursday

Employees embrace in the parking lot of the Kroger store after the mass shooting on Thursday

Employees embrace in the parking lot of the Kroger store after the mass shooting on Thursday

‘I know at one point I did see them basically, like four people go over to that person and pick that person up and carry them away from that area.’ 

Sarah McDowell, 26, said her mother works in the store’s meat department. She was at the scene and was unable to reach her mother.

‘I heard that there was an active shooter and my mom works here,’ McDowell said.

‘It’s been an hour and a half and I still don’t know where she is.’

She added: ‘My mom is really kind. Everybody that works with her loves her. She’s like a mom to everyone.’ 

Elsewhere, Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tweeted that her office was in touch with local authorities and with agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the ATF. 

She added that she was ‘closely monitoring the situation’ and offered prayers for the victims. 

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