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Supermarket shooting: 2 dead, 12 injured

The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — A shooter opened fire Thursday at a supermarket near Memphis, Tennessee, killing at least one person and injuring 12 others before he shot himself dead, police said.

The rampage occurred at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, a suburban town east of Memphis.

One victim was killed, while the shooter died of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane told reporters.

Lane said some of the victims had “very serious injuries” and cautioned that the toll from the tragedy could rise.

Multiple forces including SWAT teams converged on the supermarket to secure the area, with police going aisle to aisle to help employees and shoppers evacuate the building, Lane said.

He described a “horrific” scene at the store, where officers “found people hiding in freezers and in locked offices.”

Lane would not say whether the assailant was a Kroger employee, but added that the shooting was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies.

Mass shootings and other gun violence are huge problems in the United States (US), issues that gun control advocates say are fueled by the prevalence of firearms and relatively lax gun laws.

Meanwhile, a reported shooting at the US Army’s highly secure Fort Meade base north of Washington Thursday was just an exercise, with no casualties as originally reported, a base official said.

“The reports of a shooting at Fort Meade are false. This was a planned exercise,” the base said in a subsequent statement.

Initially, various base officials had confirmed to US media that there had been an “active shooter” who had been “contained.”

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