Woman killed, 15 shot after gunman opens fire in Collierville Kroger

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — A Collierville Kroger sits roped off and closed to the public Friday evening after chaos unfolded during a deadly mass shooting Thursday afternoon.

LATEST UPDATE: Collierville Police cleared the scene at the Kroger on Byhalia Friday night. The store remains closed. CPD also shared the following information for those who left vehicles or property at the scene.

If you left a vehicle on the parking lot, see the CPD officer on the property to make arrangements to enter the property and retrieve it.

Investigators collected several non-evidentiary items from the store that appeared to be left behind by patrons. That property was taken to the Criminal Investigation Division of CPD. If you left any items behind in the store, contact the non-emergency number at 901-853-3207 to have a member of CPD contact you back. If the items are here, you can schedule a time to come and claim them. Be prepared to provide enough information so inventory can be checked.


PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a man law enforcement identified as a disgruntled employee opened fire in the store. Thursday evening FOX13 confirmed the employee worked for a vendor and not directly for Kroger.

Collierville police originally said thirteen people were injured and one woman, identified by family members as Olivia King, was killed.

During a news conference Friday, CPD updated that number to say 15 people were shot during the horrific event.

Ten of the victims were employees and 5 of them were customers.

One employee told FOX13 the gunman followed a group who were trying to get away, shooting one customer in the stomach and a coworker in the head.

The gunman died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials confirmed.

Forty-four employees were in the store when the violence unfolded. Some hid in freezers and locked offices.

Among those injured, nine went to Regional One Hospital, two went to Methodist, one went to St. Francis, and two went to Baptist Collierville.

Their conditions ranged from minor to extremely critical.

One person who went to Baptist has already been released.

On Friday officials said two had been released from local Baptist hospitals.

Six were still at Regional One. Two of them are in critical condition, officials said.

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Thursday night undercover agents and multiple law enforcement personnel went to an apartment five minutes from the Kroger, the Madison at Schilling Farms, to search the suspect’s home.

Friday officials released the identity of the gunman who opened fire at a Collierville Kroger.

Police identified 29-year-old Uk Thang as the shooter.

Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane said Thang was a third-party vendor and not a direct employee of the store.

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