By Joanna Slater, Laura Reiley, Caroline Anders and María Luisa Paúl
Source: The Washington Post

These days, when Eddie Chavez supervises the self-checkout area at the Safeway supermarket where he works in Colorado, he swivels his head back and forth like a pendulum, keeping a constant watch on everyone who comes through the door.

Chavez has worked in grocery stores for four decades, and he never used to feel unsafe. But now “you just never know anymore when it’s going to be the next one,” he said.

Earlier this week, a gunman opened fire inside a Kroger supermarket outside Memphis, turning the routine task of grocery shopping into a terrifying encounter with gun violence.

Such events are no longer exceptional: at least three other deadly shootings have taken place at supermarkets this year, continuing a recent trend.

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