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Police: Gunman in grocery store shooting lost job that day

Kroger grocery store shooting
Posted at 5:56 PM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 18:56:11-04

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  — Law enforcement officials say the gunman who killed one person and wounded 14 others at a Tennessee supermarket before killing himself had been asked to leave his job at the grocery store earlier that day.

In a Monday news release, Collierville police say UK Thang had moved to the upscale suburb 30 miles outside Memphis in the summer of 2020. He worked daily in a sushi business at the Kroger in Collierville.

Thang died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound within a couple of minutes of officers arriving at the scene.

The victims included 10 employees and five customers.

A spokesperson for Kroger did not immediately respond to an email request on why Thang was asked to leave his job.