Police: Man cuts, shoots at employee in St. Louis grocery store attack

ST. LOUIS – Police said a former employee who was banned from a south St. Louis grocery store returned to the store and assaulted a manager.

The former clerk reportedly shot the manager at Fields Foods grocery store on the 1500 block of Lafayette around 7 a.m. Thursday.

“An individual who was banned from the store came back in and confronted and intentionally assaulted one of our management-level employees,” said Fields Foods owner Chris Goodson, who is also a former police commissioner for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Police said during the attack the former worker drew a gun and the manager tried to disarm him. The suspect is said to have fired his gun. Police said the former worker then pulled out a knife and hit the manager, who was cut trying to push it away. Goodson said other employees and police officers helped save the manager’s life.
“The employee is fine,” Goodson said. “He’s in the hospital now. He’s a tough guy. I couldn’t be prouder of my staff. With the help of the staff, we were able to immediately identify the suspect and arrest him immediately. He won’t be able to do that.” others wreak havoc on citizens and businesses across the city.”

It’s unclear why the former employee returned to the store. Police said the man was arrested after a short pursuit on foot. Fields Foods shoppers were surprised by the incident and grateful that no one else was injured.
“I’m surprised this had to happen to this person, an employee and the manager,” said customer Carolyn Sledge. “I’m just grateful that nobody else got hurt.”

Authorities said the employee was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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