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Collierville mass shooting victims recover as community struggles to move forward

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Victims of Thursday’s Collierville shooting continue to recover in hospital. But the reality is that everyone in the community was touched by what happened inside this Kroger.

Two days after the mass shooting in Collierville, reminders of the tragedy are everywhere, from the warning tape spread out in Kroger’s parking lot to shattered glass. It is a spectacle that weighs heavily on many across the community.

“It’s really, really emotional to go to places where you shop every day and see the barricade and parking lot empty because of course the community is still in shock,” said Amy House, a resident of Collierville.

Collierville Police identified the accused shooter as Uk Thang, a third-party supplier to Kroger. Fifteen people were shot and one of the victims died.

WREG has learned that Thang may be in the process of being fired, according to a Kroger employee. Whatever the circumstances, Ida Lofton, a Collierville resident, says this is no excuse for what happened.

“We have to love our neighbors as ourselves, and if we love our neighbors, we wouldn’t be doing what happened here,” Lofton said. “We have to love each other, we have to protect each other, and we just need to know that no matter what our circumstances are, it doesn’t require that we take another person’s life because we are unhappy. “

Among the killed victims, six are still hospitalized at Regional One. Two of them are in critical condition.

As the community tries to move forward, a memorial has formed to honor the victims and the city‘s resilience.

“It shows that of course horrible things like this can happen, it still can’t bring the community down,” House said. “We have to stand up and show them that we are resilient and that we are going to come together. “

Collierville Police said the crime scene at the Kroger had been cleared, but they will remain here to secure the property while Kroger investigates.