MEMPHIS, Tennessee (NewsNation Now) – As the deadly shooting took place Thursday at a Tennessee grocery store, a roof inspector heard the first shots from outside.
Andre Barlow was trapped on the roof of the Kroger in Collierville on Thursday as the terror unfolded in the store below. Barlow, who works for a third-party contractor, was there to inspect the roof.
âWhenever they have a roof leak, I’m the only one coming to that store,â Barlow said.
Police identified the gunman, who killed one and injured 14 others, as UK Thang, who was also a Kroger contractor. The 29-year-old worked in a sushi business at the store.
The victims included 10 employees and five customers, police said. On Saturday, two of the victims were in critical condition.
Lawanda Clark, a Kroger employee, said she saw Thang meet with officials hours earlier Thursday, after months of bizarre and baffling behavior.
âLick her tongue and point her finger at the women,â Clark said. “When I got there, they kind of warned me that he didn’t like people talking to him.”
Thang returned to the store around 1:30 p.m.
âI heard pops and I was like, ‘What is this? Barlow remembers.
Her question was quickly answered when hordes of frightened customers and employees began to pour into the parking lot. Some took refuge in a closed dumpster.
Barlow watched Thang walk out of the store before pointing his gun at them.
âI opened the door and just started shooting. Pow, pow, pow, pop, âBarlow said.
Police believe Thang died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound by the time they arrived, four minutes after the first 911 calls. But it was not immediately clear to those at the scene.
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“I heard people across the street in the other parking lot say ‘The gunman is on the roof’, and that’s when I threw my hands up. , put them on my head, âsaid Barlow. “Dude, that was really scary.”
The Kroger is still an active crime scene, and Kroger said the store will remain closed until further notice.
Barlow is not sure if the workers he has come to know over the years were among those shot, but he keeps them all in his prayers.
Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate WREG contributed to the report.