Monday, July 24, 2006

Schnucks Employee Charged in Store Stabbings

JULY 24, 2006 -- LAKELAND, Tenn.

A knife-wielding employee of a Schnuck's supermarket here attacked eight co-workers Friday, seriously injuring five before a witness who pulled a gun was able to stop him. The attacker stabbed seven people -- two of who remained hospitalized as of Saturday -- while another victim suffered heat-related symptoms after being chased in the store's parking lot. Elartrice Ingram, 21, who was on duty in the seafood department when he allegedly began to attack the other employees, was charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to local police.

The attacks apparently stemmed from a work dispute, the police said. Of the incident, Schnucks spokeswoman Lori Willis told Progressive Grocer "The suspect in this incident had not been terminated, nor was he the subject of any disciplinary action."

No customers were attacked in the rampage, which started shortly before 10 a.m. in an employee area of Schnucks' Stonebridge Store, located at 9025 Highway 64 in Lakeland on the outskirts of Memphis. Ingram chased one victim into the store's parking lot, where he was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, according to Memphis police officials.

Police recovered two large knives at the scene that were allegedly used in the attacks. Six store associates, including the suspect, were treated at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at The Med, while three others with less serious injuries were taken to St. Francis-Bartlett, according to Willis.

What is the strangest thing about this article? Your choice:

  • Employee attacked with knives.
  • A witness was able to end the attack by pulling out his gun.
  • Those injured were brought to the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at The Med.


At July 24, 2006 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anita said...

or the name of the store...Schnucks!

At July 24, 2006 7:39 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

I was going to go with the person who had heat-related problems from running to the parking lot

At July 26, 2006 9:48 AM, Anonymous spurringirl said...

Ohhh, you missed the best part. The dude with the gun . . . he was a manager of a financial services firm (i.e. finance geek!) I heard that Alicia has a little crush on him.


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