King was identified Thursday by her family as the victim killed in the mass shooting that injured 14 others. The shooter was also found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Police Chief Dale Lane said. Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims or the shooter.
“Our family is devastated by this senseless act of violence,” King’s family said in a written statement to CNN affiliate WHBQ
. The asked for prayers “for all families and friends affected by the events today, as well as for God’s mercy on the shooter and his family.”
There have been 517 mass shootings in America so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive
. CNN and the GVA identify a mass shooting as a shooting that injured or killed four or more people, not including the shooter.
Wes King, Olivia’s son, said his mom was shot in the chest. “This type of crime needs to stop being glossed over and sanitized. No one deserves this,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Thirteen victims were taken to hospitals following the shooting, and one person suffered an anxiety attack, Lane said.
To survive, some workers hid in freezers or locked themselves in offices. Another employee ran to the roof, whom police escorted down after it was safe to do so.
“They were doing what they had been trained to do: Run, hide, fight,” Lane said.
Witnesses described the chaos that ensued when they first heard the gunshots.
Jason Lusk told CNN that he was leaving a tool store beside Kroger when he saw people running out of the store screaming there was a shooter.
When he didn’t see anybody initially, Lusk said he began walking toward his car. “That’s when I heard about 10 to 15 shots fired. Sounded like they were directly over my head. Very close proximity. Sounded to me to be a high-powered semi-automatic rifle,” he said.
Another witness, Brignetta Dickerson, was working the cash register when she said the shooting began in the deli section. When she and some of her coworkers ran to hide, the shooter followed them and began firing, she told CNN affiliate WMC.
“He kept on shooting, shooting, shooting,” Dickerson said. “He shot one of my coworkers in the head, and then shot one of the customers in the stomach, and then my other customer got kind of like cuts because of the asphalt.”
Dickerson, who said she has been working at Kroger for nearly 32 years, was scared and shaky after the shooting, but overall was feeling OK.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents the workers at the Kroger supermarket, said it’s working with the local chapter to help those affected by the shooting.
“We are heartbroken that another act of senseless violence has occurred at a grocery store,” said Marc Perrone, the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), in a written statement.
“There are no words that can express the impact these horrific acts of violence have on workers, our union members, and our customers.”
There have been at least two other shootings at grocery stories this year. In March, a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, left 10 people dead
. And one person was killed in a supermarket shooting
in West Hempstead, New York.