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1 dead, 13 hurt in TN Kroger shooting; gunman down

Police car lights (Dreamstime/TNS)
September 23, 2021

Thirteen people have been injured and one killed by a gunman at the Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee, multiple law enforcement officials confirmed to FOX13.

The shooter is also dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot, officers said.

Some of the victims are facing minor injuries, while others are in serious condition. Nine of the victims were transported to Regional One Hospital, where four are in critical condition.

None of the victims, nor the shooter, have been identified.

FOX 13’s Shelia O’Connor tweeted that Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane called the mass shooting the “most horrific even to happen in Collierville history.”

Lane said he was part of a team that removed a Kroger employee from the store’s roof, but did not confirm or deny reports that the shooter was on the roof.

“CPD is working an incident at Kroger, 240 New Byhalia Road in Collierville. The scene is secure and this is an active investigation,” the Collierville Police Department tweeted. “Chief Lane met with members of the media a short time ago and information regarding this incident will be released via the local media outlets.”

Two medical helicopters were reported at the scene. The Shelby Tennessee Sheriff’s Department posted on Twitter that they are also on the scene.

“SCSO deputies are on site of a shooting at Kroger located at 240 New Byhalia Road in Collierville to support Collierville Police Department. SCSO is assisting with securing the perimeter and scene,” the department tweeted.

Investigative reporter Zaneta Lowe shared footage from outside the Kroger, showing police tape and a large law enforcement presence.

“It’s like every other community in the country, it’s horrific and we hate that it happened, but this is one of the most resilient communities in America and one of the best police departments. I’m very thankful,” Chief Lane told reporters. “I watched guys that ran into the front of that building, knowing that, historically, many of theses shooters have very high-powered rifles, and not one of them hesitated going in that front door.”

Earlier this week, authorities responded to a shooting at Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia. Newport News is home to Joint Base Langley-Eustis

Daily Press reporter Jessica Nolte tweeted that police confirmed two people were transported to a local hospital with “injuries not considered life-threatening.”

According to local Fox station WFXR, students were evacuated to the school’s outdoor tennis courts.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that around 1,200 students attend the Virginia high school, which also houses roughly 130 Huntington Middle School students.