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Possible motive in Tennessee shooting explored

The man identified as the gunman in the Collierville, TN shooting may have been fired prior to killing one person, injuring 14 others and then killing himself.

ABC24 reports a police source told them Uk Thang had been dismissed the same day of the shooting at the Kroger Market, but a police spokesperson declined to confirm that.

Newschannel 3 quoted one Kroger employee who said she overheard managers talking about firing Thang.

“They had to walk the guy out yesterday morning. I think it was round about 9:00,” said Lawanda Clark. “His boss came and they were talking to him about what happened. They had to walk him out and he didn’t really want them to walk him out. They said they were gonna call the police. But I guess he left at that point.”

According to the Conan Daily, Thang’s parents are refugees from Myanmar.

Juanita Ford told the Daily Beast she lived one floor above Thang in an apartment complex in Collierville.

“He stays to himself, he never speaks or anything,” Ford told The Daily Beast. “I passed him going to my car leaving for work and stuff like that. I only saw him in passing. He never talked to anybody.”

Thang was 29. He is described as someone who regularly attended church by someone who knew Thang when they both lived in Utah. He was a third party vendor at Kroger and worked in the sushi department.

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