Collierville community honors victims of tragedy one year after Kroger mass shooting

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A year ago, the Mid-South community was rocked by a mass shooting at a local Kroger.

Collierville Police said a gunman walked into the store on Byhalia Road and opened fire, killing one woman and injuring 12 others before taking his own life.

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Around 1:30 p.m. that day, chaos erupted as the shooter walked into the grocery store carrying guns and ammunition.

He worked at the store as a third-party vendor and had been asked to leave earlier that day.

As the tragedy unfolded, SWAT team members entered the store and began clearing the aisles. They worked to get people who were hiding in freezers and locked offices out to safety. 44 employees were inside the store at the time of the shooting.

Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane called the scene the most horrific event to happen in the town’s history.

The customer who was shot and killed was identified by family members as Olivia King.

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Following the shooting, the store closed, and a Kroger spokesperson said counselors would be available for all associates.

In a statement, the company said it was “heartbroken over the senseless violence” and praised the efforts of those who helped save others from tragedy.

Today, the community is coming together for a day of remembrance to honor the victims and look ahead to the future.

A ‘We are Collierville Strong’ sign now sits inside the front windows of the Kroger, rallying the town to stand together in the face of that horrific day.

The town is inviting everyone to a Collierville Strong Remembrance event to honor the life of Olivia King and support the survivors.

At the remembrance event, Olivia King’s son Wes King, thanked the heroes who tried to save his mother’s life.

“Thank you to the courage of those in the store shielding people who had been shot and wounded, and trying to protect others, and pushing others into the freezers, and doing everything that they could,” said King. “The heroes that tried to keep pressure on my mother’s wounds.”


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