1 dead, 12 injured in US supermarket shooting

1 dead, 12 injured in US supermarket shooting

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Washington: Police said a gunman shot at a supermarket near Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, killing at least one person and wounding 12 others. He then shot himself.

The rampage occurred at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, a suburban town east of Memphis.

Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane told reporters that a victim was killed and the gunman died of “self-inflicted gunshot wounds.”

Lane said some of the victims had “very serious injuries” and cautioned that the toll from the tragedy could rise.

Multiple forces including S.W.A.T. teams converged on the supermarket to secure the area, with police going aisle to aisle to help employees and shoppers evacuate the building, Lane said.

He described a “horrific” scene at the store, where officers “found people hiding in freezers and in locked offices.”

Lane declined to say whether the attacker was an employee of Kroger, but added that the FBI and other agencies are investigating the shooting.

Mass shootings and other gun violence are a huge problem in the United States, and gun control advocates believe that gun proliferation and relatively lax gun laws have exacerbated these problems.

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