People embrace following a shooting at a Kroger's grocery store in Collierville, Tenn., on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian via AP)

1 killed, 12 injured in shooting at Kroger in Tennessee

A gunman opened fire inside a Tennessee grocery store on Thursday, killing one and injuring 12 others, authorities said. The gunman was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, they said.

Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane confirmed Thursday evening that one victim is in the intensive care unit and another is in surgery. The extent of the others’ injuries is not clear.

Police responded to reports of an active shooter around 1:30 p.m. local time at the Kroger in Collierville, a suburb located about 30 miles east of Memphis. Chief Dale Lane, of the city’s police department, said officers searched every aisle and room inside the supermarket, helping the injured and bringing out several employees who were still hiding.

Investigators are working to determine whether workplace violence was a factor in the Kroger shooting, two law enforcement sources told CBS News. The investigators are looking into whether the deceased shooter may have been a disgruntled employee, the sources said. The situation is fluid and changing, the sources said, and there does not appear to be a connection to terrorism.

“This scene is horrific, I’ve been involved in this for 34 years and never seen anything like it,” Lane said.

There are no additional threats to the community, Lane confirmed Thursday evening. Another press conference is scheduled for Friday morning.

Authorities received active shooter training just a few months ago

The Collierville Police Department hosted an active shooter training less than three months prior to the shooting, Chief Dale Lane said Thursday. Lane said the training helped victims quickly receive medical assistance.

As a result of the training, local fire and police departments were more integrated and therefore able to respond quickly to the scene and the victims, Lane said.

Douglas Korneski, FBI special agent in charge of the Memphis Field Office, applauded the first responders, saying, “the rapid response here today was commendable.”

No officers were injured in the shooting.

Investigators working to determine if workplace violence played a factor in shooting

Investigators are working to determine whether workplace violence was a factor in the Kroger shooting, two law enforcement sources told CBS News.

The investigators are looking into whether the deceased shooter may have been a disgruntled employee, the sources said. The situation is fluid and changing. The sources said there does not appear to be a connection to terrorism.

Author: SOPHIE REARDON, JUSTIN CARISSIMO/ CBS News
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