Two people were shot and killed in an incident at a Kentucky grocery store Wednesday. According to police, the shooting took place at a Kroger store in Jeffersontown, and a suspect has been taken into custody.
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Police Chief Sam Rogers explained how unidentified the suspect entered the store and fired several shots at a man inside, before exiting and fatally shooting a woman in the parking lot. According to CNN, an armed citizen then opened fire on the gunman, before the suspect returned fire – neither was struck during the dramatic exchange.
“I was in the vitamin aisle, and … who we believe to be the shooter, walked right by me,” witness Andrew Butler told WDRB. “And just 3-5 seconds later, you heard a series of gunshots from that aisle.”
Witnesses say they heard several gunshots inside the store and shoppers starting running and yelling. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/n8347KAxeo
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Butler added that “there were shots fired out here in the parking lot.”
“You can see the vehicle’s windows over there that are shot out,” he said. “There’s a body right over there in the parking lot.”
Just talked to a man who is an EMT and was shopping and he saw two people shooting at each other and says an elderly woman was caught in the crossfire . He tried to do CPR on her, but says she died. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/H9SNqBVq7I
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“We are shocked and saddened by the shooting incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. today,” Kroger Stores said in a statement, as reported by CNN. “Thanks to the quick response of the local police department, the suspect was apprehended and our store is now secure.”
Federal agencies are assisting with the investigation into the attack, which took place about 13 miles southeast of Louisville.
Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, released a statement in which he said he was “heartbroken by this shameful and horrifying incident,” according to the Courier-Journal.
Breaking: Multiple victims reported following a shooting at a Kroger in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/zcWVJAouHu
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He continued: “I am angry about the tragedy that results from people with guns who have no respect for human life. Over the coming days, we will learn more about what happened today. For now, I grieve with the families of the victims. I ask everyone in our community to keep them in your prayers and commit to taking action against senseless gun violence.”
“Our hearts are with the victims, families, witnesses, and everyone impacted by this tragedy,” added Jeffersontown police Maj. Brittney Garrett. “We will release more detailed information about the incident tomorrow.”
Do pray for those close to the victims as they come to terms with this devastating incident.