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Kroger shooter who killed one, injured 15 before killing himself identified as ‘third party vendor’

The gunman, described by police as UK Thang, 29, pictured, a ‘third party vendor’ at the supermarket

Police have identified the gunman responsible for leaving one person dead and another 15 people injured after opening fire inside a Kroger grocery store near Memphis on Thursday, according to authorities. 

UK Thang, a 29-year-old ‘third party vendor,’ died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting ten Kroger employees and five customers, Collierville Police Department Chief Dale Lane said during a press conference on Friday.   

Authorities say Olivia King, 70, died due to injuries she sustained during the shooting after stopping by the supermarket following Thursday morning mass, her family said.

‘Our family is devastated by this senseless act of violence. We ask that you pray for the repose of the soul of our mother, Olivia,’ one of her sons, Wes King, told ABC News

‘We also ask everyone for their prayers for all families and friends affected by the events today, as well as for God’s mercy on the shooter and his family. Thank you.’

Thang had a relatively minor criminal history prior to Friday’s mass shooting. 

Olivia King's son Wes shared this photo of his mother with her youngest son, Greg King. She was the only person to be killed during Thursday's mass shooting

Olivia King’s son Wes shared this photo of his mother with her youngest son, Greg King. She was the only person to be killed during Thursday’s mass shooting

One person is dead and 15 others injured after a gunmen opened fire at a Kroger grocery store (pictured) near Memphis on Thursday, according to authorities

One person is dead and 15 others injured after a gunmen opened fire at a Kroger grocery store (pictured) near Memphis on Thursday, according to authorities

A police officer walks towards the parking lot of the Kroger where a shooting occurred on September 23, 2021 in Collierville, Tennessee

A police officer walks towards the parking lot of the Kroger where a shooting occurred on September 23, 2021 in Collierville, Tennessee

‘I believe misdemeanor arrests but nothing related to violence,’ Lane said. 

Lane revealed that authorities served a search warrant Thursday night at a nearby apartment complex, where they confiscated a number of electronics among other evidence, with one additional person at the residence being questioned. 

As of Friday afternoon, no motive has been revealed for Thang’s mass shooting, however police are investigating the incident as an act of workplace violence. 

Meanwhile, police said there were ‘very serious’ injuries among the 15 shooting victims, with five listed in critical condition at area hospitals, ABC reports.

One patient has been discharged as of Friday, hospital staff confirmed to ABC News Thursday evening.

An FBI agent steps over soft drink bottles and broken glass as he walks through a damaged entrance at a Kroger grocery store Friday

An FBI agent steps over soft drink bottles and broken glass as he walks through a damaged entrance at a Kroger grocery store Friday

Police say a gunman, who has been identified as a third-party vendor to the store, attacked people Thursday and killed at least one person and wounded others before killing himself

Police say a gunman, who has been identified as a third-party vendor to the store, attacked people Thursday and killed at least one person and wounded others before killing himself

Police respond to the scene of a shooting at a Kroger's grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee, on Thursday

Police respond to the scene of a shooting at a Kroger’s grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee, on Thursday

Another victim was not shot but was hospitalized for a panic attack, according to police. 

On Thursday evening, Chief Lane announced that all 44 employees who were working at the store at the time of the shooting are all accounted for while describing the crime scene as ‘significant.’ 

According to ABC News, some employees were forced to take refuge in freezers and locked offices after Thang opened fire around 1:30 pm Thursday afternoon. Another Kroger employee hid on the store’s roof.  

Brignetta Dickerson, a cashier at the Collierville Krogers, told WATN that she fled to a back room with several shoppers, before Thang entered the room and again opened fire, shooting a customer in the stomach, an employee in the head and another employee in the cheek. Thang then left the back room and continued on with his shooting spree.  

‘All of a sudden, I went through the receiving department … and here he comes right behind us and start shooting and he kept shooting and shooting and shooting,’ she told WATN. 

People embrace following a shooting at a Kroger's grocery store in Collierville on Thursday

People embrace following a shooting at a Kroger’s grocery store in Collierville on Thursday

A Kroger employee talks on a cellphone following a shooting at the site of Thursday's mass shooting at the Collierville Kroger's grocery store

A Kroger employee talks on a cellphone following a shooting at the site of Thursday’s mass shooting at the Collierville Kroger’s grocery store

Another customer, Tawana French, was walking towards the Kroger supermarket on Thursday afternoon when she saw adults and children alike running away from the store.  

‘A split second later, I hear gunfire,’ French said in an interview with ABC News Live Prime on Thursday night. 

‘I ran, ran, ran. Before I could get to my car, which was not very far at all, I heard even more gunfire. Rapid succession, just pow, pow, pow, pow, pow.’

‘I just wanted to get to a safe place,’ said French.

As of Friday afternoon, Thang’s car still remains in the Kroger parking lot, police said, as resources are called in to safely inspect and remove the vehicle.

Meanwhile, ABC News reports that police plan to carry out several more search warrants at a few different locations, however Lane did not divulge any further information. 


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