Subcontractor kills 1, wounds 12 at Tennessee Supermarket; Trend of Supermarket Shootings Continue
A man reported as a subcontractor who performed work at a Collierville, Tennessee Kroger supermarket opened fire yesterday afternoon killing one person and wounding 12 others before shooting himself to death. At least four of the wounded victims are in critical condition.
Approximately 44 employees were working at the time gunfire erupted in their workplace at the store, located in suburban Memphis. According to authorities, 10 of the 12 people who were shot were employees.
It has been reported the shooter performed work as a subcontractor at the store's delicatessen department. According to Fox-13 in Memphis, he has been described as a "disgruntled employee" by several sources.
Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane called Wednesday's massacre "the most horrific event that’s occurred in Collierville history.” Chief Lane stated law enforcement found one employee hiding in the roof of the store, while others were found hiding in freezers and locked offices.
This is the second mass shooting at a Kroger-owned store in the last six months. On March 22, 2021, a gunman murdered 10 people at the Kroger's King Soopers supermarket, in Boulder, Colorado. Employees, customers and a police officer were murdered that day.
The WVPI has noted a trend in shootings inside supermarkets this year. In June 2021, a man killed a one year-old-baby and his grandmother before shooting himself to death at a Publix supermarket in Florida.