COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Police on Friday said the gunman in a shooting at a Kroger grocery store that killed one and injured 14 others was a third-party vendor for Kroger who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
They also identified the woman who died in the shooting as Olivia King.
Friends told the Memphis Commercial Appeal, part of the USA TODAY Network, that King was a longtime resident of the area.
“She was just sweet,” King’s longtime friend David Fraser said.
“Kind, polite, thoughtful,” added friend Maureen Fraser, standing beside him Thursday on the sidewalk near the blocked-off Kroger grocery store.
The Frasers said they had known King for years. She was from San Antonio and was widowed with three sons: one in the Navy, one in the Air Force and one who had just earned a doctorate, they said.
2 dead, at least a dozen injured in shooting at Kroger grocery store in Tennessee
Local and federal law enforcement agencies responded; dozens of patrol cars, two tactical unit vehicles, and ambulances neighboring counties were on scene by 2 p.m.
“Our guys did not hesitate one minute,” Collierville Fire Department Chief Buddy Billings said.
He added: “I’ve been in fire service for 44 years … I’ve never been so proud of a group of people in my life, in my whole career.”
Workers hid in freezers and hunkered down in locked offices. One store employee was rescued from the roof, Lane said.
Witnesses, both shoppers and employees, who trickled out of the Kroger on Thursday described hearing what they thought were balloons popping before the reality of the situation became clear. Police escorted a crowd of roughly 40 to the center of the parking lot to take statements. Outside of the crime scene tape, family members of shoppers and workers waited to find their loved ones.
Brignetta Dickerson, an employee of more than three years, led a group of employees and customers toward safety by weaving through the store, with the shooter not far behind her group.
“I’ve been through everything,” she said Thursday afternoon. “This right here took the cake.”
In their own words:Victims describe confusion, then a desperate scramble to flee the store
Kroger issued a statement Thursday expressing sorrow for the employees and customers affected, as well as gratitude for the first responders.
a gunman opened fire at King Sooper’s store in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people. King Sooper’s is part of the Kroger company.
Contributing: Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY.
Micaela Watts is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal, she can be reached at email@example.com.
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