Collierville Police Chief Eric Harmon released the identity of the suspect in a Kroger shooting Wednesday night as Uk Thang, the same man who threatened to kill officers and other people with a “high powered rifle” in a 30-minute video uploaded to Facebook.
Forty-five-year-old Uk Thang was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. near a police checkpoint on Germantown Road, the police chief said during a press conference on Thursday morning. The Washington Post reports that Thang “glued the lock to a door and waited for Collierville police to arrive” and was taken into custody on disorderly conduct charges. Harmon said Thang had no previous criminal history, but added that he “had a history of threats of harm towards police, people, specifically around Collierville.”
The Huffington Post reports that Thang was apprehended as officers responded to the “active shooter” situation in the the Kroger, which is located just off I-24. Police were reportedly first called to the store when a woman approached a worker with a gun, and later found her inside the building with a loaded .40-caliber handgun. Witnesses reported that gunshots were fired by four to five suspects, and all shots were fired into the store’s parking lot. The Nashville USA Today reports that police received several reports that there were approximately 30 people hiding in the store’s bathroom, along with gunfire near the exit.
Kroger stores in Nashville were forced to lock customers in until 1 a.m. EDT on Thursday after police were alerted that the shooter or shooters had made their way into the store. Police found the security doors to the store unlocked when they arrived, so no patrons had been harmed. Customers who had been inside the store were instructed to contact police with any information they had, and to stay with the store until it reopened. The Nashville USA Today reported that employees who were able to evacuate from the store outside were told not to come back in.
Witnesses said that they heard about 15 gunshots inside the store, with three of them landing on the carpeted floor inside the store, according to the Washington Post. At least two reports stated that the shooter had barricaded himself in the store’s bathroom with customers and had said he was going to kill all of them before surrendering.
Officers responded within minutes, according to Lt. Ben Brian. “We heard the barrage of gunshots. There was gunfire. We heard the multiple gunshots,” he said. “The shooter never came out the store. They acted on a report of the active shooter and we went right in, and we took him into custody.”
Kroger released a statement about the incident that read, “We can confirm an employee at Kroger at 8750 Mt. Ogle Rd reported an armed person inside the store and employees were directed to shelter in place. After the situation was secured, no one was injured, and employees were immediately compensated.” “A 45-year-old male was arrested for aggravated assault on officers in the parking lot of Kroger at the Mt. Ogle Road location,” police added.
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