Report: Suspected gunman in Collierville grocery store shooting had Davidson County license plate

Grocery Store Shooting Tennessee
Posted at 12:18 PM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 19:29:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The man suspected of killing one and injuring more than a dozen at a Collierville grocery store had a Davidson County license plate, Memphis CBS affiliate WREG has confirmed.

According to WREG, the suspect was identified as 29-year-old UK Thang. FBI officials confirmed Friday that agents went to a home on Napa Point E in Nashville but said no search warrant was served at the home.

At this time, Thang's connection to Davidson County remains unconfirmed.

The shooting occurred Thursday at around 1:30 p.m. Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane said the suspect, who was a third-party vendor with Kroger, entered the store and began firing.

Police said the suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as they approached the scene.

"I would encourage the community- don't live in fear. Don't live in fear - this stuff, this is a tragedy but we have to move on. We can't let them win," Lane said.

On Friday, police identified the woman killed as Olivia King, who was a customer in the store. Chief Lane also said that the number of people injured in Thursday's shooting had jumped to 15.

Lane added that those 15 victims were currently "stable" but said several victims remained in "very, very serious condition."

Chief Lane says this is a terrible tragedy but there are so many things that did go well yesterday that prevented additional loss of life.

"We entered that building it was very obvious that the employees and even the customers knew what to do. it was run hide fight they secured themselves I told you yesterday, we removed people from freezers, closets, hiding between pallets of groceries -- but they did what they had to do until we could get in there to help them."

A friend of Tang's says it was his parents' home, and they spent time praying together.

"Currently we pray in his house of course his mom and dad. Because they’re also very upset," said Aung Kyaw.

We do know the FBI was at the home, but officials tell us they were not there to serve a search warrant.

Ten of the victims shot were Kroger employees, while five others were customers at the store.

Officials declined to give specifics on a suspected motive, adding that they would release more information in the coming weeks.

* The Scripps National Desk contributed to this story.