A supermarket shooting Monday inside a crowded Kroger supermarket in suburban Atlanta left two people injured from gunshot wounds. Police say two women were arguing over supplies needed for an upcoming storm, reports The Associated Press on Monday.
The confrontation started as the shoppers were buying supplies ahead of a winter storm that had prompted Georgia governor Nathan Deal to declare a state of emergency. Both women remain hospitalized today with non-life threatening injuries.
Lawrenceville police spokesman Greg Vaughn said one woman was shot in her leg and the other was shot in her torso. Police are not certain if the women knew one another.
An upcoming blast of freezing rain, ice and snow has sent residents into area stores to purchase needed items. Two weeks ago, a rare winter storm left thousands unprepared, five dead and children stranded at schools.
As a result, Vaughn said, the store "was a very chaotic scene" at the time of the shooting.
"This Kroger is actually pretty busy anyway, and you're looking at noontime, and then they had extra customers in here stocking up for our snowstorm," Vaughn said. "You can probably imagine with everybody stocking up on bread and milk." Several shoppers reported that they hid in freezers while police cleared the store.
Atlanta has a long and painful history of being ill-equipped to deal with winter weather. The ice storm that hit much of the South a few weeks ago left Atlanta's downtown streets and business hubs jammed with unmoving and abandoned vehicles.
Officials were determined to act quickly this time around. Before a single drop of freezing rain or snow fell, Governor Deal declared a state of emergency for almost one third of the state.
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