A gunman attacked a grocery store in an upscale Tennessee suburb on Thursday afternoon, killing one person and wounding 12 others before he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the store, authorities said. The attack took place in Collierville on Thursday afternoon about 35 miles (56 km) east of the city of Memphis.
Police received a call about 1:30 pm about the shooting and arrived almost immediately, finding multiple people with gunshots when they entered the building. Police from neighbouring districts have arrived at the Kroger grocery store to assist in the investigation. The gunman, who is male, died at the scene from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. The gunman shot 13 others and himself, and that 12 of the victims were taken to hospitals, some with very serious injuries. “It breaks my heart to have to stand before you today,” said Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane in a news conference after the shooting. “It’s the most horrific event that’s occurred in Collierville history. A vehicle believed to belong to shooter is still in the car park”, Chief Lane said. The identities of the shooter and the victims were not immediately released. At the news briefing Thursday evening, Lane declined to reveal more about the suspect, citing the ongoing investigation, including search warrants that will be carried out. Investigators are awaiting more equipment in order to safely inspect the vehicle, “as well as some property that’s on him,” he said, referring to the killer.
Collierville is a growing suburb of more than 51,000 people with a median household income of about $114,000, according to US census figures. Set in a rural and historic area, the town square has largely become known for its boutiques and bed and breakfasts.