King was identified Thursday by her family as the victim killed in the mass shooting that injured 14 others. The shooter was also found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Police Chief Dale Lane said. Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims or the shooter.
Thirteen victims were taken to hospitals following the shooting, and one person suffered an anxiety attack, Lane said.
To survive, some workers hid in freezers or locked themselves in offices. Another employee ran to the roof, whom police escorted down after it was safe to do so.
“They were doing what they had been trained to do: Run, hide, fight,” Lane said.
Witnesses described the chaos that ensued when they first heard the gunshots.
Jason Lusk told CNN that he was leaving a tool store beside Kroger when he saw people running out of the store screaming there was a shooter.
When he didn’t see anybody initially, Lusk said he began walking toward his car. “That’s when I heard about 10 to 15 shots fired. Sounded like they were directly over my head. Very close proximity. Sounded to me to be a high-powered semi-automatic rifle,” he said.
Another witness, Brignetta Dickerson, was working the cash register when she said the shooting began in the deli section. When she and some of her coworkers ran to hide, the shooter followed them and began firing, she told CNN affiliate WMC.
“He kept on shooting, shooting, shooting,” Dickerson said. “He shot one of my coworkers in the head, and then shot one of the customers in the stomach, and then my other customer got kind of like cuts because of the asphalt.”
Dickerson, who said she has been working at Kroger for nearly 32 years, was scared and shaky after the shooting, but overall was feeling OK.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents the workers at the Kroger supermarket, said it’s working with the local chapter to help those affected by the shooting.
CNN’s Andy Rose, Rebekah Riess, Jenn Selva and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.Source link