Kroger Employees Recount Their Escape From Shooting

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U.S.|‘I person ne'er seen truthful galore constabulary cars’: Eyewitnesses recount their escape.

A Kroger worker  extracurricular  the store   successful  Collierville, Tenn., wherever  13 radical   were changeable  connected  Thursday.
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  • Sept. 23, 2021Updated 10:40 p.m. ET

Brignetta Dickerson knew the popping dependable she heard connected Thursday wrong the Kroger market store wherever she worked was a gunshot, arsenic she yelled astatine customers to “Go! Go! Go!”

As they ran to the backmost of the store successful Collierville, Tenn., a Memphis suburb, the sounds followed, Ms. Dickerson told Region 8 News, a tv presumption successful the area.

“I heard him travel to the back,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh crap. Oh crap. Oh crap.’”

They watched, she said, arsenic the gunman changeable 1 of her co-workers successful the caput and a lawsuit successful the stomach. At slightest 13 radical were injured, 1 fatally, successful the shooting, and the constabulary said the gunman had died of an evident self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Glenda McDonald, who works successful the store’s floral department, said she thought she saw the gunman occurrence astatine a bagger and immoderate customers arsenic she escaped the building.

“I conscionable ran retired the door,” Ms. McDonald told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I near my purse, my keys, everything.”

The chaos continued extracurricular of the store arsenic authorities responded to 911 calls.

“I person ne'er seen truthful galore constabulary cars, successful 1 place, successful my life,” Bruce Pates, 73, said.

Earlier successful the day, Mr. Pates had entered a tyre store crossed the thoroughfare from Kroger. By the clip helium came retired 2 hours later, determination was a flurry of enactment outside.

He watched arsenic occurrence trucks and ambulances near the scene, lone to beryllium replaced seconds aboriginal with others. Rows of constabulary cars filed into the parking lot.

Manny Reis, 49, was driving to Kroger erstwhile helium saw a fleet of constabulary cars rushing to the store. He ended up adjacent the backmost of the gathering and saw idiosyncratic who was injured.

“Somebody was sitting down without their garment on,” helium said. “The Fire Department showed up and fundamentally grabbed that idiosyncratic and carried that idiosyncratic away.”

Although Ms. Dickerson is safe, she said she inactive felt numb.

“I’m OK, I’m OK,” she said. “I’ve been done everything, but this close present took the cake.”

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