Kroger Grocery Store Shooting Update: 15 People Shot, Suspect Identified

At least 15 people have been shot and 1 person killed at a Kroger Grocery Store shooting that transpired in Collierville, Tennessee, on Thursday, authorities said.

The suspect in the shooting was identified as UK Thang, 29, a third-party vendor for Kroger, who was also found dead in the store to what have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound, ABC News reported.

In a press briefing on Friday, Collierville Police Department Chief Dale Lane said that 15 people were shot, including 70-year-old Olivia King who died of her wounds. Injured victims are currently in stable condition.

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Chief Lane also said that 10 of the victims were employees at the Grocery store, and five were customers.

Thang carried out the crime alone; motive unspecified 

Lane confirmed that the shooting was carried by Thang only, who has some minor charges in his criminal records. “I believe misdemeanor arrests but nothing related to violence,” Lane said.

According to Lane, officials served a search warrant at Thang’s home at a local apartment complex on Thursday evening where they were able to collect electronics and other evidence. An additional person was also questioned.

The police did not specify the motive of the shooting and what type of gun was used.

According to reports, authorities are looking into the shooting as possible workplace violence. Kroger Company officials did not respond to ABC News’ questions regarding the shooter’s employment status.

Some victims injured critically; 44 of grocery employees accounted for

On Thursday evening, police said that 14 patients visited local hospitals for “very serious” injuries. Five of the 14 patients were in critical condition as of Thursday evening and one has already been discharged.

All 44 employees of Kroger restaurant who were present during the tragic incident have been accounted for according to Lane.