Collierville hosts prayer vigil following tragic deadly shooting at Kroger

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Town of Collierville hosted a community prayer vigil Friday afternoon on the front lawn of Collierville Town Hall following the mass shooting at a local Kroger.

On Thursday, a gunman opened fire inside the store, shooting 15 people before turning the gun on himself.

One woman died in the attack.

Multiple other victims are still in the hospital, three in critical condition.

Two women who had been strangers prior to Thursday’s mass shooting clenched each other’s hands and fought back tears as they gathered at the vigil to pray for healing.

Hollie Skaggs and Sara Wiles happened to be running errands at the same Kroger in Collierville. Skaggs called Wiles her guardian angel.

“It’s been a very trying last few hours,” Skaggs said, her voice trembling. “Sara and I didn’t know each other before. But now, I told her from the beginning when we came out, she’s my guardian angel. I’m just grateful for her. We ran and hid and heard everything. It was very, very traumatic. We just ask that you pray for us for peace – and sleep. That’s one thing that’s kind of hard.”

The AP contributed to this story.

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