Kroger Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 14 Injured

Carl Harding



Last week, a gunman opened fire on a Kroger in Collierville, Tennessee.  The shooting took place on Thursday, September 23rd. The suspect of the shooting was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Collierville Police Department responded to reports of an active shooter around 1:30 PM in the suburb, which is about 30 miles east of Memphis. The shooting left one dead and 14 injured, and one of those 14 is currently in the intensive care unit while another was sent into surgery.  Police Chief Dane Lane stated in an interview “This scene is horrific, I’ve been involved in this for 34 years and never seen anything like it.” 

     Lane has also stated that officers searched every aisle and room inside the Kroger, helped the injured, and brought out people who were hiding during the shooting. At least 44 employees were inside the store when the shooting began.  Kroger representative Teresa Dickerson of the Kroger Western Tennessee Division has stated that the company will be offering counselling services to all employees who have been affected by this tragedy. The FBI is currently investigating the situation to look for motives as to why this devastating incident happened. Police have released more details about the suspect identified as Uk Thang, a 29 year old who was working at the Kroger in Collierville and was asked to leave his job the morning of the shooting.  It is suspected that after being told to leave, Uk went back to his house, picked up his firearm, returned to the store and opened fire. This marks the 10th mass shooting in Tennessee in 2021 and many people are wondering when these tragic events will ever stop.