A male suspect fatally shot and killed a man and a woman in a Kroger grocery store on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, and then exchanged the fire with an armed spectator before leaving the scene, police said. He was captured soon after
Both victims died in the shop, Jefferson Police Chief Sam Rogers said. He did not say if the police had set a motive on Wednesday. He did not identify the suspect either.
The police got a call at about 3:00 pm. Report the shooting, Rogers said. He said the suspect had shot several rounds at the man in the store and shot the woman several times in the parking lot. A citizen armed with a gun engaged the gunman in the parking lot, but the suspect was able to flee before being captured on a nearby road, Rogers said. Eric Deacon, who identifies himself as an EMT, told the Associated Press that he was in the store's self-checkout lane when he heard the first shot in the pharmacy.
He said a man came around the corner and "the expression on his face looked as if he had not done it."
Deacon said he had seen another man in the shop with a gun who seemed to shoot at the suspect and tried to get him out of the store. Deacon went outside and saw a woman in the middle or early 60s who had been beaten and tried to revive her.
"She was gone, I can not do anything anymore," Deacon said. "I think she just got caught in the crossfire."
As police swarmed the scene and barricaded the area with yellow tape, a man identified by the Louisville Courier Journal saw Tim King in the woman's parking lot to come out , He said he drove into the store after she called him sobbing to tell him what had happened.
"I said: 'What's going on?'" King said in a video on the newspaper's website. "And she said, 'There's someone shooting up here.'"
King said his wife said she heard popping sounds, then someone ran around the corner and said, "Oh my God, he killed her."
Customers "It's just a very, very scary situation," King said.
Kröger made a statement stating that the company representatives were "shocked and distressed at shooting."
"Thanks to the prompt response of the local police department, the suspect was arrested and our business secured." [1