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Eric Deacon paid for his food on Wednesday afternoon at Kroger on Hurstborne Parkway when he heard “a high bang”. It sounded like a wooden pallet that hit the floor.
That’s when he saw a man in a neon shirt that passed him and pushed a gun back against another man who chased him. Deacon hit the ground, and soon the men pushed back and forth on the parking lot.
“At that time, a woman came round the corner and was beaten,” said Deacon, an EMT who shielded from shooting at the front of the store behind a wall he spoke to 911.
After the police arrived, Deacon went over for to administer CPR to the woman. “When I looked at her she was gone,” he said. “There was nothing I could do.”
The violence launched on Wednesday at a Kroger food store in a busy Jeffersontown shopping mall left two people dead, a suspect in a custody and police looking for a motive.
What we know is: Last on shooting at Jeffersontown Kroger
Just before 3 o’clock, the suspects – who have not been identified – arrived and shot a man inside and then flies to the parking lot and shot a woman, said Jeffersontown policf Sam Rogers. Both were pronounced dead at the site.
The suspect also exchanged gunfire with an armed citizen in the parking lot, but was not shot or injured, according to the police. Deacon said the police arrived and confronted one of the men who released his gun and came to the ground.
The male suspect was arrested by the police a short time later on Hurstbourne Parkway in close proximity to the store. Some witnesses pointed to a Honda surrounded by police bands and cruisers nearby.
The police did not provide information as to whether victims were in any way directed or shot randomly.
The first call came to MetroSafe at. 14:54 reported that shots were pushed into the store and there were reports of “multiple injuries”. Related: Louisville Kroger’s shooting adds a string of General Violence
Tim King said his wife called him while she was shopping and said she heard several shots . She said people started running and an employee directed them to the back of the deal.
Elaine Harrell was in the product department who asked a Kroger employee where she could find northern beans for her white chile concept when she heard loud noise and then screamed and screamed people.
She ran – with her wagon – out the front door together with other panic shoppers.
Without her, she tried to comfort a crooked Kroger employee. But then she said, she heard a jump start again outside the parking lot and ran back inside.
Sam Rogers, Jeffersontown, police chief, gives an update on Wednesday’s lethal shot in Louisville Kroger. October 24, 2018
Sam Upshaw Jr., Louisville Courier Journal
After the police had secured the scene, Racheal Huggins proved to find her daughter who worked in the store and sheltered in a locker room before losing telephone contact. “She could hear the shots,” said Huggins, who found her safe.
Kroger released a statement saying it is “shocked and sad by the shooting incident that occurred around 2:30 pm” It is said that Kroger cooperates with law enforcement and that the deal is closed and will resume after the investigation has ended.
On Wednesday night, the police continued to investigate and the parking lot remained bound by yellow police bands. Employees at nearby stores shared stories about seeing shooting, worried about relatives and a pulled body.
Deacon said he did not know what could motivate the shot.
“I only feel the look of that guy’s face. It was like a shiny star … like he does not care about the world,” he said. “I never thought it would happen in J-town. I never thought.”
This story will be updated.
Billy Kobin, Darcy Costello, Allison Ross, Matt Glowicki and Thomas Novelly contributed to reporting.
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