Kroger parking lot shooting takes strange turn - WSMV News 4

Kroger parking lot shooting takes strange turn

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Alexandria Johnston had just left work last night when she heard loud voices.

"There were women crying there was a man frantically on the telephone talking to paramedics trying to either revive or check to see if this man was alive," said Johnston.

Turns out 21-year-old Aaron Mealer had been shot inside a car that had pulled into the Kroger parking lot on East Thompson Lane. Kenyatta Patton later told police he had accidentally shot his friend while clutching a pistol that went off, striking Mealer in the face.

"Just after 9:00 Aaron Mealer was fatally wounded in the Cobalt you see behind us," said police spokesman Don Aaron.

But police say this odd shooting gets even more bizarre. There were three people in the car: the victim's wife, the friend who says he accidentally shot him, and a woman named Kimberly Kathavong. She may sound familiar to you. Back in June the 21 year old was arrested after Wal-Mart surveillance cameras caught Kathavong and ex-convict Mark Douglas Holloway stealing items from the Wal-Mart at 4040 Nolensville Pike. Police say Holloway slashed the arm of a store security guard, who was attempting to stop him from fleeing. Kathavong was taken to jail, and Holloway was apprehended a few days later.

Now, fast forward to last night. Police say Patton admits that he and the victim had every intention of going on a shoplifting spree in Kroger, and that's why they were in the parking lot. The dead man was in the driver's seat, his wife was sitting next to him and Patton and Kathavong were in the back seat. Kathavong wasn't arrested last night, but she did spend time in jail for the June shoplifting incident as well as another shoplifting conviction a year before.

Patton is in jail under a $250,000 bond.

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