Tennessee Kroger shooter was vendor who’d just been fired

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Tennessee Kroger shooter was vendor who'd just been fired

A man who opened fire on workers and customers in a Tennessee grocery store on Thursday had been an outside vendor let go from his job that morning, cops confirmed on Monday.

Uk Thang, 29, killed one person and injured a dozen more at Kroger in Collierville, then killed himself to end the bloody carnage.

Four people were still hospitalized in stable condition on Monday, Collierville Police Department said in a news release.

Police declined to say the shooter’s name to avoid giving him notoriety and they identified him by scrawling his name on a notepad at a press briefing, WJHL-TV reported. He had worked in the sushi department, the station said.

Thang had moved into Collierville during the summer of 2020, police said in the release.

An FBI agent enters a Kroger grocery store Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Collierville, Tenn.
The gunman killed at least one person and wounded others before being found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

“He was a third-party vendor working inside Kroger and was asked to leave his job the morning of Thursday, September 23, 2021,” Major David Townsend wrote in the release. “The Police Department is processing evidence to include electronic evidence, as well as the crime scene vehicles, and interviewing other potential witnesses.”

The shooting broke out at about 1:30 p.m., sending people scrambling for cover, with some hiding in freezers to avoid the bullets. Thang reportedly turned the gun on himself in the back of the store minutes after his deadly rampage.

Investigators work in front of a Kroger grocery store as an investigation goes into the night following a shooting earlier in the day on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Collierville, Tenn.
Investigators work in front of a Kroger grocery store as an investigation goes into the night following a shooting earlier in the day on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Collierville, Tenn.
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Olivia King died after being shot in the chest, reports said. She was a widow with three sons, family said.

“The Town of Collierville met with Kroger officials today to discuss next steps involving employee and community support regarding mental well-being to relief funding,” the release said. “The collective group will continue to meet in the coming days to discuss the re-opening process of the store.”

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