Teen mob attacks Tennessee Kroger location

This past Saturday a teen mob began attacking people at random at a Kroger supermarket in Memphis, Tennessee, local media reports.

At least three people were injured in the “knockout game” style assault, including two young Kroger employees who were trying to quell the violence.

Police have arrested several teens in connection with the incident, charging them with aggravated assault and aggravated riot, though it’s believed that more than 100 participated in the attacks that occurred around 9:30 p.m.

“It is extremely troubling to see how many young people were involved, especially on the heels of last week’s youth forum,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement.

“A lot of our citizens are working to provide safe and productive alternatives for our youth,” Armstrong continued. “For those that choose not to take advantage of these opportunities, we will work tirelessly to identify, locate and hold you accountable.”

The Kroger Company has been in the news recently for its permissive policy with respect to firearms. Moms Demand Action is pressuring the retail food chain corporation to adopt a policy that prohibits the carry of firearms inside store locations. Thus far, Kroger has not capitulated, opting to keep its current policy in place, one that respect local and state laws.

It goes without saying, but these rambunctious teens were lucky that there were no armed patrons on the premises or if there were armed patrons on the premises, they choose not to engage the youths.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • loupgarous August 1, 2016, 10:17 pm

    Kroger’s not in our neighborhood. If it were, I wouldn’t shop there or permit my wife to shop there until there were strong evidence they recognized the danger to their customers and were taking strong positive action to protect those customers.

    Obama’s silence on this matter is, as far as I’m concerned, assent to the “knockout game.” He hasn’t ever acted as President of ALL the United States, just the people who could be his son if he’d had a son. THOSE he protects, and won’t ever punish.

  • Robert May 18, 2015, 10:58 pm

    The comments I have read are all pretty spot on… The liberal media and politicians do maintain a double standard. It’s classic bullshit really – why don’t they just grow the balls to call it like it is… I don’t give a damn what color your skin is, and yes there are obviously pieces of human shit of every color and walk of life, if you are a thug criminal then you are a piece of shit and leave yourself wide open to be shot – by police or legally armed citizens defending themselves. Don’t these little dumb asses realize that when they attack innocent people like this they can be legally shot and killed by those they attack. I live in the country back off the road… Out here my Shepard mix animal shelter refugee watch dog will let me know who to shoot and who to open my door to. Simple as that… It’s shit like this that makes me think I’ll start taking my Shepard along with me as well as my legally concealed hand gun.

  • Russ September 16, 2014, 2:57 am

    Brought to you by Democrates. It’s a set up.

    • Russ September 16, 2014, 4:42 pm

      Check the ad for the video.

  • glen howe September 15, 2014, 11:08 pm

    not a good idea where i live,, we carry for defense, this one reason why,, no cops when u need them they all to busy (BS),,its not cool they could have killed or maimed this guy, and they all be laughing, no sharpton or obama ? oh

    • Russ September 16, 2014, 4:40 pm

      glen, you do know that the police are not hired to provide you with security.
      A policeman’s job is to enforce the law. Noting more or less.
      You must protect yourself, period. Have no mistakes about that, and be ready.

  • Phillip D September 15, 2014, 11:06 pm

    I just watch a video of the attack. Black kids, white victims. But if you t think this will be treated as a hate crime, dream on. It made my blood boil. Maybe that’s why I live in rural America. I have co-workers that live or have lived in Memphis. Most hate it there.

  • Andrew N September 15, 2014, 3:21 pm

    I especially loved the way the person filming was laughing when they “got the white guy”. That alone speaks volumes about racism in America 2014. Blacks mobbing and beating whites is “funny” and just “rambunctious youth”. If that happened with Whites on a Black, Eric Holder and Barack Obama would be on every TV station available, swearing “Justice will be done.” Have we heard a single WORD from the White House or Justice Department? Will we EVER? I wouldn’t hold your breath.

    • Russ September 16, 2014, 4:30 pm

      Obama is trying to seperate the people.
      Don’t let him do it to you.

  • Terry Seale September 15, 2014, 2:56 pm

    The Left, and most of its deluded Black voters, have not been taught in the government schools approved history myths, that anti-gun legislation and extra-judicial enforcement against gun owners was a distinctly anti-Black denial of civil rights. If there is any doubt about this, read Chief Justice Roger Taney’s (a Democrat Party member), “Dred Scott” decision denying citizenship to Black Americans. Taney said that it was preposterous to consider Blacks citizens, because IF they were then they would have a Constitutional Right to Bear Arms! The Civil War, the 13th and 15th Amendments set that undeniably right. Despite the War, Abe Lincoln was saddled and insulted daily by Roger Taney continuing to sit at the top of the Third Branch of the government.

    Moreover, it is truly tragic that so many Blacks today are perfectly willing to give up the Freedom and Liberty won by them and for them by Republicans, Abolitionists, and patriotic Americans because Democrat leaders want them right back in Roger Taney’s paternalistic servitude. Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, JC Watts, Alan West, Condolezza Rice, more power to you. Keep them on the ropes until they are counted out for once and for all!

  • DaveinSC September 15, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Since there was no mention of the race of the hooligans that means they were black. The reporting agencies have no problem identifying white criminals but are scared to identify when it’s blacks, why is that?

    I fit the definition of a racist, and it’s because our society does not have equal accountability. Whites are identified but blacks are coddled.
    Recently, I see that blacks are upset that there aren’t more black judges in Florida, where are the qualified blacks? The U.S. Army is under fire for not having more black officers, where are the qualified blacks?
    We, the non-blacks in the United States have got to find our backbone and stand up for ourselves.

  • bill September 15, 2014, 1:22 pm

    if this is in Tennessee I can’t believe there weren’t any cc persons there. even here in the peoples republic of Kalifornia there would prolly be several cc persons around despite what the comrades in the state legislature demand. don’t want to carry don’t but when they’re beating your heads in don’t look to the armed community for help.

  • Robert P in San Antonio September 15, 2014, 12:28 pm

    I have always been confused about the right to defend oneself and perhaps others can straighten me out. We are old people and basic pacifists with no desie to ever hurt anyone. We have heart trouble and are on meds. We also have concealed carry. Had we been there in that store at that time in the article and these youths came upon us to scream and to threaten us. Perhaps pushed me to the floor. At what point, would a person legally start to put these teens down? We all know the police will have dno touble arresting us. And we know the ‘element demographic’ will have no trouble calling us racist so they can get Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Maxine Waters in town while upgrading their flat screens. But the issue is – at what point can someone old with heart condition legally protect oneself against teens who do not have guns?

    • bill September 15, 2014, 1:28 pm

      just be sure when you start shooting you have enough ammo to take em all out. then let the chips fall where they may

      • Russ September 16, 2014, 3:47 pm

        bill, as soon as you pop that 1st dumbass, the rest will run like bitches.
        You know this if you have ever witnessed similar situations.
        But Ya, always carry an extra back up gun and ammo. Of coarse.

    • DWard September 15, 2014, 4:50 pm

      When you believe your life or health is in imminent danger, in most states, you have the right to defend yourself with what ever is deemed needed. Someone yelling names at you is not sufficient cause, but if a person saw an attack like this happen to someone and saw these thugs, or someone in his gang of thugs, coming after them, then it is reasonable to draw your weapon and if need be shoot the closest monster coming your way.

    • Russ September 16, 2014, 3:41 pm

      Robert, 1st above you is Allen, Allen, your exactly right it is terror and attempted murder as you can read what Robert says. He could easily be killed by these idiots, and so could many others with health problems.

      Robert, do defend yourself in whatever way you feel you need to, when forced to protect the lives of yourself and loved ones.
      Please, consider acting out in defense of others as well.
      I know I wouldn’t let somebody hurt you if I had a chance to stop it, and would hope someone was there for me.
      Your not confused.
      I think you realize that the race baiters you mentioned are crooks and liars and are in it for the tax free ride.
      You may have to go to court to prove your abilities and intentions, but make no mistake, your life is more important than sympathy for misguided youth. Youth so dumb that they may accidentally kill you.
      Sorry wont cut it when you or your loved ones are dead on the ground.
      You better not think twice to do what’s right for you. ……#^%@ them!

    • Steve May 26, 2015, 12:39 pm

      Justification for use of force can be determined by three terms, Ability, Opportunity, and Jeopardy. Google these words and start reading.

  • Anderson Ventura September 15, 2014, 11:04 am

    If there is no punishment for bad actions …… human species will continue to act in an uncivilized manner.

    For every action – there is re action

    I was raised in 60 & 70’s

    Yes Sir, No sir …. Yes ma’am, no ma’am…… Speak when your spoken to come when your called.

    When dad whistles at dark … my azz had better be home.

    Time is brewing for a gathering

    This will stop when the people tire of this craziness and gather in unison

    In the mean time … the parents of these unruly heathens are the real guilty …… they did a piss poor job of raising kids …. that is why birth control of the races must be implemented in force … if you have sex – then sex all you want …. but if you can not properly & financially care and raise a child – then you have no biz having 13 children so that the law abiding US taxpayers have to pay your bills.

    • Russ September 16, 2014, 4:53 pm

      If you own a dog, you need a license.
      To get married, you need a license.
      How about if you want to bring another human into our world… YOU GO GET A LICENSE?
      Train these imbecilic parents to have decent kids or tie both their tubes and get their last newborn to someone who qualifies. (my world)

  • Allan Myers September 15, 2014, 10:55 am

    That was cowardly of the police to only charge them with aggrivated assault… They should and could have been charged with terrorism. The definition of terrorize ” is ” to cause anxiety. These teens criminals sure as hell terrorized the store employees and customers. IF this kind of thing is ever going to be stopped then the police must get serious and charge these animals withattempted murder and terrorism !

  • JDS September 15, 2014, 10:49 am

    + 1 … I Agree

  • RickMT September 15, 2014, 10:40 am

    So what’s next? White flight into a circle the wagons configuration? This needs to be met head on with extreme force. Call me a racist, but these punks need to be so scared that they walk trembling head down. It’s the only thing they understand. ….white punks too.

    • andrew3300 September 15, 2014, 12:18 pm

      “…call me a racist…”

      Whites must stop fearing that word. Whites worldwide have become the ultimate domesticated animal; kept under control, by way of a WORD!

      Our ancestors were warriors on the battlefields of old, facing enemies with swords. Today, we are defeated by limp wrist socialists, armed with a word. How far we have fallen.

      • Russ September 16, 2014, 2:48 pm

        I have no fear at all and could care less what people call me.
        I also come from a long line of conquering nations that go way back.
        It’s the content of your mind not the color of your skin that gets my attention.
        I’m not paranoid but very aware and diligent as I travel outdoors.
        I eagerly await the dumbass that makes the huge mistake of violating my person.
        It actually bothers me to watch vulnerable people being assaulted
        I have a very vivid imagination and a cruel mind, teamed with skills for those violent offenders.
        By the way, I’m also a very nice, courteous and helpful person to all others.
        I have an on and off switch.
        They wouldn’t show the news clip if I were at that scene, because an American standing up to that $#!%, unafraid and cleaning house would not fit the socialistic democratic media’s agenda.

        • Jack May 26, 2015, 7:50 am

          Dude, your so full of yourself. I, I ,I, I, I, I, I, I I’m, I’m, me, me. Anyone who refers to themselves that many times in a few sentences is a douchebag

          • R. M Martin May 29, 2015, 3:44 pm

            Screw you Jack this is not an English test.

  • C.F.Gooch Jr. September 15, 2014, 10:39 am

    Couldn’t this “Knockout” Game be conidered a Hate Crime? If not…Why?

    • bill September 15, 2014, 1:31 pm

      the only time it’s a hate crime is when whites do something to any other race. if done to whites it’s justice for real or imagined slights in the past!!!

    • Joseph K September 15, 2014, 6:51 pm

      Finally. Someone calls it.
      It is a hate crime. The media placed the name “knockout” but it’s actually a “game” with the intent of knocking out, in one punch, white victims. Don’t believe me? Try to find a victim from coast to coast whom is not white. When these stories first started to hit the media last spring the captured footage was 100 percent white victims. The media is affraid to call it what it is and no one will address it for what it is in fear of being considered racist.

      It scares the shit out of me because the game is designed to get you when you least expect it and I will not be able to defend myself. And of course if a family member is assaulted and I shoot a kid in what I deem defense … well just ask the Ferguson Police Department about what happens when you defend yourself.


  • Thomas September 15, 2014, 10:34 am

    “Rambunctious teens”? These are pure %100 CRIMINAL THUGS! There is NO excuse for this kind of mob activity anywhere PERIOD. Hunt them down and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law! Make examples out of as many as you can get your hands on so that the rest of these CRIMINALS might get a clue that society will NOT put up with this kind of MOB INDUCED VIOLENT ANARCHY perpetrated on the innocent.

    • listen to this September 16, 2014, 11:41 pm

      If the the U.S. had law and order like that, there would not be a need for more tax sucking law enforcement, prisons that take $40, 000 per year per thug, etc. No, there would not be as much scum to spread the scum disease to the next generation, unlike the third world south east Asia countries, who have a real justice system and low crime rate per population count.

  • John Venter September 15, 2014, 8:28 am

    No doubt many of them have free Obama I Phones to help coordinate the attack.

    • Russ September 16, 2014, 2:52 am

      I’m I the only one who thinks these people may have been planted to cause a scene?
      Maybe get someone to fire shots and get on the news?
      Do you thinks there’s 100 + people “teens” that have nothing better to do.
      And why KROGER?

  • alex gregis September 15, 2014, 7:08 am

    they should bring back the ccc camps like they had in the 30’s,give these poor ,unfortunate ,bored children as they call them something to keep them busy,like maybe work!!! teach these bums how to do something beside reeking havoc on society !!!

    • DWard September 15, 2014, 4:39 pm

      While I think your comment was intended to be paradoxial, these “poor ,unfortunate ,bored children ” are basically nothing but thugs. These attacks are dangerous and sometimes deadly on those to whom it is perpetrated. Perhaps if one of those poor unfortunate children was put in hospital or morgue with a gun shot the others would think twice about running out the next weekend and doing the same thing to helpless old men and women. Perhaps a little martial arts of ching ching pow is needed.

  • Mike Durhan September 15, 2014, 6:26 am

    Well……. all you need to do is, “buy the world a coke and teach it to sing in perfect harmony”. Works every time…..

    • Law Enforcer September 15, 2014, 10:54 am

      The COKE ad is what out MEDIA taught us time and time again … over and over and over …. after all ….. Our government controlled MEDIA would “never” lie to masses ….. right ??????

      So if every body drinks a COKE … sings in perfect harmony ,,,,,, then we are good?

    • Russ September 16, 2014, 2:23 pm

      That’s funny Mike.
      I happen to quote that line often, and it cracks me up when I hear someone else say it.
      Thanks for the laugh.

  • WADE September 15, 2014, 4:54 am

    Faced with seeing 20 plus of their “homies” dropped for engaging an innocent person or persons just might have made them reconsider attacking then, much less in the future! This should be a big consideration for Kroger as to why our citizens need concealed carry.

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