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Tennessee shooting: Survivor describes seeing colleagues with gunshot wounds

Tennessee shooting: Survivor describes seeing colleagues with gunshot wounds
Workers and shoppers alike ducked for cover when a shooter opened fire at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee

A survivor of the mass shooting at a grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee has described seeing her colleagues getting shot in the head and stomach.

At least one person was killed and 12 were injured when a shooter opened fire at a Kroger grocery store near Memphis in what local police called “the most horrific event” in the town’s history.

A mulher, who works at the store and was still wearing her blue Kroger apron, disse: “One of my coworkers got shot in the head, and a customer got shot in the stomach and in the arm.

“Another one of my coworkers got a little cut on top of his eye from the asphalt

“I couldn’t see [how it happened] because I was ducking and he was on top of – everybody was covered.”

Officials said four people were in a critical condition on Thursday afternoon, while the shooter appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

O chefe da polícia de Collierville, Dale Lane, disse em uma entrevista coletiva: “We found people hiding in freezers, in locked officers, and they were doing what they had been trained to do – run, hide, lutar. I hate that we had to do it here.”

“Run, hide, fight” is a common mantra for people caught in mass shootings, instructing them to run first, hide second, and fight only as a last resort. In an era of frequent shooting massacres, it is now taught to school children starting as early as kindergarten.

Chief Lane said: “Você sabe, obviamente, é como qualquer outra comunidade do país, é horrível, nós odiamos que isso aconteceu. but this is one of the most resilient communities in America.”

Polícia, firefighters and rescue crews descended on the location and set up a perimeter after the first reports of an active shooter at 1.30 pm hora local. Dois helicópteros médicos pousaram no local e a vizinha Collierville High School foi colocada em bloqueio.